The FA, Premier League, EFL and FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have all agreed to postpone the professional game in England until April 3 at the earliest. This comes just the morning after the Premier League announced the intention to continue to play games this weekend. However, after Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi contracted the virus, as well as the tests for COVID-19 at Everton and Leicester City, English football simply had no choice.
The FA have stated that this action will be kept under constant review and that this will also apply to academy and youth-team matches. They will continue to monitor government advice and have reiterated the priority of health and well-being for all involved, ahead of football.
The key here is the phrase from the statement: "at the earliest". This indicates that professional football has the intentions of continuing its suspension, should the coronavirus continue to spread and the risk of the FA Cup and Premier League being cancelled are now seriously high.