travel plans, Zoom courses, parking test – The Athletic


Athletic have been following the club’s progress since the moment the team returned home from Burnley, speaking to sources familiar with the situation to paint a clear picture of life in the Watford bubble since then.

When the team’s private plane took off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, there were a few more empty seats on board than when they had traveled to Manchester airport the day before.

It is understood that three starters from the first team had tested positive at that time, so they were not on the flight.

Individual cars were arranged to take them the 200 miles from Lancashire to Hertfordshire – and also for those who were not doubly vaccinated and therefore had to start a 10 day isolation period as close contacts of a positive case.

By the time the plane landed after the 25-minute flight to Luton Airport, decisions on what the next few days would look like were already being made and later that evening the phones and laptops rang with it. the arrival of new instructions.

The main news was that even if the training ground were to be closed, players and staff still had to show up at its parking lot to be tested on Thursday and Friday. To avoid overcrowding at the test station at the top of the long London Colney road, individual time slots have been allocated.

With the new Premier League guidelines introduced, PCR tests are carried out two to three times a week and lateral flow tests are carried out daily.

During this time, there was a thorough cleaning of the training ground facilities.


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