Widnes considering furloughing staff

Championship club Widnes Vikings have become the latest to announce they are considering placing players and staff on furlough leave.

As part of the coronavirus job retention scheme, the government will cover 80-per-cent of wages, or up to £2,500 a month.

The Rugby League season is currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on the club website, they say: “The club have taken these measures to preserve and protect the club’s financial status during these unprecedented times.

“As a club and an employer, it is important that we ensure that once the current situation passes we are in the strongest position possible and have protected jobs within our organisation.

“It is important that our supporters don’t panic given this update, as many clubs and businesses have already taken advantage of CJRS, and it is in no way an indication of any financial trouble within our club.

“Instead, these measures are being taken to protect the long-term future of Widnes Vikings so that once rugby league resumes, you will be able to show your support loud and proud at the DCBL Stadium.

“Widnes Vikings would like to thank the RFL for their help and guidance during this difficult period.”

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