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Chief executive gives update

16 March 2020

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Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin has spoken about some of the lengths the club are going to in order to protect staff, fans and visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Five Rovers fixtures have been postponed, but the Club Doncaster Sports Park remains open for business with extra safety measures.
 
Gavin said: “It is a really fast-moving situation and have taken steps, including ordering extra dispensers for hand sanitiser and towels, plus put in place more frequent routine cleaning of public-facing areas.
 
“We have had regular meetings of senior club staff to make sure we are ready to react to any changes of advice from the Government or governing bodies.
 
“And we want to be more than that - we want to help the community. We’re not sure yet exactly how that will look, and are drawing up plans now.”
 
The Rovers first-team have been told not to return to training at Cantley Park until Thursday. Ben Sheaf visited the Arsenal training ground on Tuesday and, in line with other Gunners players, is self isolating as a result.
 
Gavin said: “Out of an abundance of caution we’ve asked our players to not report for training until Thursday, though to be clear Ben has not displayed any symptoms.
 
“Looking after the health of all our staff is obviously the most important thing to us, and we’ll continue to follow the advice of medical professionals, the Government and governing bodies.”
 
Rovers have had one home match postponed, and while that will reduce income Gavin believes the club are well placed to cope.
 
He added: “Obviously it’s not ideal, we missed out on our biggest chance of revenue in the month but there are clubs out with more home games they will miss out on than us - we only have three left here at the Keepmoat Stadium.
 
“But we have other revenue streams which other clubs perhaps do not have the benefit of, which makes us more resilient. We’re still crunching the numbers but are in a position where we can still act positively throughout this period.”
 

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