The EFL have confirmed that all fixtures will be suspended until April 4 at the earliest following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that sporting events would not be cancelled yesterday, the authorities have taken the decision to suspend league fixtures amid concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 virus.

This means that, at this point, Reading’s home fixtures against Brentford and Stoke City as well as the away trip to Derby County have been affected.

Reading are due to play Luton Town at Kennilworth Road on April 4, although this may well change in the coming days as the crisis unravels.

The EFL statement reads: “The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.