The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has given the organisers of the English Premier League a go ahead for resumption of competitive football, according to reports from the UK.
According to our sources, the government has published a 50-page document for lifting the coronavirus lockdown in the UK that could see the Premier League restart on June 1st.
Today afternoon, the gov’t released a guide to help the nation come out of lockdown with social distancing measures to remain in place.
The said roadmap clears the way for current football season get back underway next month, “with all remaining fixtures set to be played behind closed doors until public safety can be guaranteed.”
Titled ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy’, the document emphasises that lifting of restrictions is ‘conditional upon the continued adherence to protocols which have been put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.’
Step three of the document proposes a reopening of wide venues such as cinemas and hairdressers in July.
“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.” The document says, dropping more uncertainity over the issue of fans watching games by the end of the season.
“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.” It further says.
“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.”