The English Premier League will continue despite lockdown, Prime minister Boris Johnson confirms.
Due to the rapidly rising coronavirus cases nearly an average of 20,000 people testing positive over the last 10 days, Johnson announced in a press conference on Saturday that the UK would re-impose a national lockdown, closing non-essential businesses and restricting the movement of the population in a bid to reduce infections.
In March, the 2019-20 season suspended due to the pandemic for almost four months before the campaign’s remaining fixtures could be completed
Shortly after the televised press conference, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports.
Oliver Dowden went into more detail on the impact the new guidelines would have on elite sport.
“The changes mean people should WFH (work from home) where possible,” he posted on social media. “But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers.”
It means that in the immediacy at least, the elite sport will continue as it has since Project Restart in June, with games being played behind-closed-doors under strict Covid friendly guidelines