SPORT in Somerset has been put on ice, in light of the latest government advice on the coronavirus pandemic.

Some sports had already postponed training and fixtures, with last weekend's football schedule - in the Southern, Western and Somerset County Leagues - called off.

Yesterday prime minister Boris Johnson advised the British public to avoid unnecessary social contact, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants.

In reaction to that government announcement, the Football Association said in a statement that it is "now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future".

Similarly, all rugby - from professional to grassroots level - has been called off.

In a statement the RFU (Rugby Football Union) said: "The RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from March 17 until April 14, subject to continued review."

Hockey has followed suit, as has England Netball.

And with people advised to stay away from pubs, darts and skittles leagues are also likely to halt.

What these government measures will mean for cricket - at county and club level - remains to be seen.

Somerset's opening County Championship fixture is scheduled for April 12, while the WEPL (West of England Premier League) season is to start on May 2.