The UK government has given the English premier league the go-ahead to resume the season from 1st June at the earliest.
The government released a 50-page document for lifting the coronavirus-enforced lockdown on Monday afternoon which outlines how social distancing measures will remain in place as activities are resume across the country.
In the document titled, ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy’, indicates that the lifting of restrictions will depend on how protocols set in place to contain the spread of Coronavirus will be adhered to.
Step two of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s guidelines gives the green light for the premier league season to resume next month, with the remaining fixtures set to be played and broadcast behind closed doors while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact until the public can be guaranteed of their safety.
The document states that fans gaining access to stadiums over the summer “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”.
The document also adds: “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”.
Resuming the premier league next month faces challenges from several clubs and players who have raised concern about their safety among other issues that they say need to be resolved in advance. Key among these issues is the use of neutral venues which clubs say will remove the home advantage and have a damaging effect on the integrity of the premier league.
The Champions League and Europa League, could be affected as the government plans to introduce an enforced 14-day quarantine period for all arrivals to the UK, except from countries it says are on a short list of exemptions.