Northampton Town manager Keith Curle admits the decision to suspend football until at least April 3 is unprecedented, but says he feels it is the common sense decision once the virus began to infect managers and players and clubs were placed in to self isolation.
"It is unprecedented," he said when asked if he had seen anything like this before.
"But, we have to follow the guidelines that are set by the FA and the EFL. The guidelines are set for the right reasons and we need to abide by the guidelines that are in place. It is not easy to shut things down but once the virus started spreading it was hard to see how games could continue.
"Football is important and we all love the game but nothing is more important than the health of everyone. If there is a precaution to take then we need to take it. That's not just us as a club but football as an industry and we have a duty to ensure people can be kept safe and without concerns when coming to watch games."