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Terras determined to avoid second Covid-19 outbreak

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WEYMOUTH will do their utmost to prevent a second Covid-19 outbreak within their camp, according to director of football Paul Maitland.

With the Terras being one of the few part-time outfits in the Vanarama National League, the squad cannot operate within an exclusive bubble.

Several players have jobs outside of football, heightening the risk of transmission.

On Monday, Weymouth returned to training after completing the mandatory self-isolation period enforced by league officials.

Players were split into groups of six for that session but Maitland feels a second outbreak is a genuine threat.

He told Echosport: “Covid’s not going anywhere. We’ve got to find a way to be able to live our lives and get back to whatever the new normal is.

“Until we’re in that position, we have to take the necessary precautions.

“We’ve used this time to review our policies and protocols we have in place.

“We’ve had meetings with management and board level to discuss how we can tighten up, try and improve, find a way forward and make certain changes to the way we’re going to do things.

“I have to say our policy we had in place was in line with everybody else, the National League and above in some places.

“A lot of time and effort has been put in to make it as safe as possible. What we have seen is that this virus is very real and can spread very quickly – we’ve been the victim of that.

“You’ve only got to look across the leagues to see there’s a fair amount of games called off due to Covid.

“We’ve lost Solihull on Saturday as well. It’s not a Weymouth problem, it’s a national problem.

“How we’ll fare going forward is anybody’s guess. I think it’s important we try to find a way to play games if we can.

“That’s another battle. At the moment it’s making sure we can even get a team out on the pitch.”

Weymouth return to action at home to Chesterfield on Saturday, November 28.

Dorset Echo