The English Premier League is set to resume in June after 3 months of inactivity. This is coming after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light for sporting activities to return albeit behind close door.
The EPL which has been suspended since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is now set to resume June 1 after the UK Government gave the FA the directive to do so.
Excerpts from the statement of UK PM says :
Titled 'Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy' says that "lockdown measures will only be eased once certain measures have been met."
"organisations should plan accordingly
"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".
The 50-page document includes "permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind-closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact," but this cannot happen before June 1.