In light of the COVID-19 situation, Singapore Premier League (SPL) champions Brunei DPMM will not participate in the curtain-raiser AIA Community Shield for the upcoming season due to “precautionary travel restrictions”.

In a tweet, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said they have been notified by DPMM and is currently reviewing all options. More information will be shared soon.

The AIA Community Shield match between Brunei DPMM and Tampines Rovers was originally slated to be held on Saturday (22 Jan) at the Jalan Besar stadium.

Only last week, the FAS had announced that the new season will proceed as planned, with measures such temperature screening to be carried out at entry points to stadiums.

These measures are being introduced in light of the “rapidly evolving situation” due to COVID-19, said the FAS.

It is also observing the DORSCON protocol for level Orange, where mass events of 300 people or more – such as SPL matches – will continue, with measures in place such as temperature screening at entry points of venue. 

Any fan who displays symptoms of respiratory illness such as flu, cough or shortness of breath will be denied entry to the stadium.

Entry will also be denied to any fan with a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher.

There is also the possibility that matches may be played behind closed doors.

It’s pretty much game on across the causeway. The Malaysia Super League starts as planned on 28th Feb, while the Thai League 1 kicked off without a hitch last weekend.

Two new COVID-19 cases were also reported in the Republic on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 77. 

The sporting calendar has been worst-hit in China, with top events such as the Shanghai F1 Grand Prix and Chinese Super League put on the backburner.

Football stars such as Dele Alli and Gianluigi Buffon are not helping to alleviate the situation either.