The Premier League could resume behind closed doors as early as June 1, after the government gave the go-ahead to restart the season.
A 60-page script was revealed by the government on Monday afternoon, in which several protocols were drafted, including the return of professional sport.
And, as part of his plan to get the UK out of control, Boris Johnson said the sport could be broadcast behind closed doors at the beginning of next month, at least.
In phase two of the prime minister's coronavirus plan, which cannot begin before June 1, the document confirms that they will allow “cultural and sporting events to occur behind closed doors for transmission, avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact . . "
The news is a welcome encouragement to the Premier League, which met with its 20 clubs on Monday, but when news of the government's plan surfaced, there was no comment from the top flight.
A return to action will only be possible if there is sufficient progress in limiting the spread of the virus between now and then, but the document entitled & # 39; Our Reconstruction Plan: The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy & # 39; says that “organizations must plan accordingly”.
It is less clear when the fans will be able to return to the venues. The document talks about places like cinemas and hairdressers that reopen in step three – not before the 4th of July -, but states: “Some places that, by design, are crowded and where it can be difficult to adopt distance, still cannot reopen. at this time, or you can safely open it only partially.
“However, the government will want to open as many companies and public places as the data and information currently allow.
“In order to facilitate the quickest possible reopening of these types of businesses and public places at greatest risk, the government will take a careful step and pilot reopen to test its ability to adopt the new COVID-19 security guidelines.
“The government will also carefully monitor the effects of the reopening of other similar establishments in other parts of the world, as it 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 secure. COVID-19."
Page 21 of the document warns that the opening of venues such as sports stadiums "may only be fully possible significantly later, depending on the reduction in the number of infections".
Events involving international travel – such as the Champions League and the Europa League of football – may be affected by the government's planned introduction of a forced 14-day quarantine period for arrivals in the UK, except for those from countries "in a small list of exemptions ".
Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday to continue their discussions about Project Reboot. They planned to return to the action ahead of the week beginning on June 8.
There will be no high-level cricket in England or Wales until July 1, following a decision by the Cricket Council of England and Wales.
The British Horseracing Authority expected that, in its "best case", it planned to return to action before the end of May, with two high-profile cards scheduled for the end of the month before the Guinea meeting in early June.
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