Players and staff will not be required to wear facial masks at stadiums when the Premier League resumes.

Players will be encouraged not to spit or clear their noses as well as not to break social distancing during goal celebrations.

Instead of ball boys or girls as usual, a system of sterilized replacement balls will be used.

Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United will be the first game when the league restarts on 17 June.

In Germany’s Bundesliga, players and staff have been required to wear facial masks at all times, except for during play.

In the Premier League, they will not have to wear facial masks at all, including in the changing room or on the bench, though the fourth official, physios, and doctors will have to.

The Premier League announced on Thursday that there will be a minute’s silence in order to remember those who have died with the Covid-19 before the first matches.

Heart-shaped badges in tribute to frontline National Health Service staff will also be worn on kits.

Clubs agreed to a range of medical and operational protocols for the resuming of the season at a meeting on Thursday.

There will be strict limits on those who are allowed into the stadiums on match days and the grounds will be split into zones, which include the tunnel and pitch side.

Only 300 people will be in each stadium, with no more than 110 allowed in the ‘red zone’ including players, staff, and officials.

There will be deep cleaning of goalposts, corner flags, match balls, substitution boards both before and after each fixture.

Some extra disinfection, such as of the substitution board after being used, will take place during matches and at half-time. Other work will also be carried out during drinks breaks if the league permits.

The league will restart on Wednesday when Aston Villa host Sheffield United at 6 p.m, with Manchester City vs. Arsenal at 8.15 p.m.