Saturday , 30 May 2020
Latest News
Home » Breaking News / Latest News » BRITISH GOVERNMENT GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR PREMIER LEAGUE TO RETURN IN JUNE
BRITISH GOVERNMENT GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR PREMIER LEAGUE TO RETURN IN JUNE

BRITISH GOVERNMENT GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR PREMIER LEAGUE TO RETURN IN JUNE

The Premier League could resume as early as June 1 after the Government gave the green light to restart the season.

A 60-page roadmap was unveiled by the Government on Monday in which various protocols were outlined including the return of professional sport.

As part of his plan to bring the UK out of lockdown, Boris Johnson has stated that sport will be permitted to be broadcast from behind closed doors from the start of next month at the earliest.

Under phase two of the Prime Minister’s coronavirus plan, which issue to be enforced in June 1, the document confirms they will permit “cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact.”

This will only be possible though if sufficient progress is made in limiting the spread of the virus between now and then, but the document entitled ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy’ says that “organisations should plan accordingly”.

It is less clear when supporters will be able to return to venues. The document talks about venues such as cinemas and hairdressers reopening in step three – no earlier than July 4 – but states: “Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.

“Nevertheless the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows.
“In order to facilitate the fastest possible reopening of these types of higher-risk businesses and public places, the Government will carefully phase and pilot reopenings to test their ability to adopt the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines
“The Government will also monitor carefully the effects of reopening other similar establishments elsewhere in the world, as this happens.

“The Government will establish a series of task forces to work closely with stakeholders in these sectors to develop ways in which they can make these businesses and public places COVID-19 Secure.”

Page 21 of the document warns that opening of venues such as sports stadia “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”.

Events involving international travel – such as football’s Champions League and Europa League, could be affected by the Government’s planned introduction of an enforced 14-day quarantine period for arrivals to the UK, except for those from countries “on a short list of exemptions”.

About Femi Ige