A statement from the league released this evening said there was “no medical rationale” to alter sporting events.
Several leagues and competitions throughout the sporting world have postponed fixtures or forced teams to play behind closed doors.
The UK government today announced plans to move from the ‘contain’ phase of the virus action plan to the ‘delay’ phase – which could theoretically include social distancing measures prohibiting large gatherings.
Discussions will continue next week and Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed today that the possibility of suspending sport in the country could yet happen further down the line.
The EFL statement read: “In light of today’s announcement by the UK Government, EFL matches will continue to take place as normal while the guidance from the relevant authorities remains that there is no medical rationale to close or cancel sporting events at this time.
“The EFL, however, will continue to work with government and relevant stakeholders to further develop contingency plans to ensure the League is best placed to act as and when any potential restrictions may come into force.
“Immediately following the announcement by the Prime Minister, EFL Chair Rick Parry held discussions with the FA and Premier League and agreed on a consistent approach ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures. Matters will be further discussed at a meeting called by European Football’s Governing body, UEFA, on Tuesday March 17.
“The League will continue to liaise with the Government regarding ongoing developments and will continue to work with clubs to ensure players, staff and supporters are updated and appraised accordingly.
“These matters are, of course, subject to change and we will update as appropriate.”