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Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 02 Mar 2020
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PDC players have been exempt from shaking hands at upcoming tournaments amid the outbreak of Coronavirus around the world.

Coronavirus, which is now present on every continent except Antarctica, has infected nearly 90,000 people and killed more than 3,000.

A number of sporting events, including football, rugby, golf, Formula One and snooker, have been postponed or cancelled in recent weeks due to the outbreak.

The PDC released a statement on Monday clarifying that there are no plans to cancel, postpone or ammend the running of any main tour events and that ‘regular contact’ is being maintained with venues.

The PDC Asian Tour has been postponed until May with the potential for further re-scheduling should coronavirus remain a threat.

The UK Open will go ahead as planned from March 6-8 at Butlins Minehead, however the PDC has issued advice to players and fans set to attend.

Players are entitled not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials, should they wish.

Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures.

The following advice has also been issued:

– Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. The PDC will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible
– If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands
– Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
– Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc;
– If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone