The coronavirus pandemic may result in the banning of spectators from major sporting events until 2021 at the earliest, reports claim.
It is considered unsafe to allow such huge crowds to mingle in a confined space while no vaccine for COVID-19 exists, so playing sport behind closed doors is on the cards for the foreseeable future.
Premier League stadiums have been empty since March 13 – the day football in England was suspended
Forest Green chairman Dale Vince on restarting the season amid coronavirus pandemic
According to The Sun, allowing supporters at sports events will be banned until September at the earliest, but this is likely to be extended given Chris Whitty, the government’s Chief Medical Officer, announced last month that finding a vaccine for COVID-19 within a calendar year is ‘incredibly small’.
Following Boris Johnson’s television broadcast on Sunday evening, the prime minister will unveil a 40-page document in the Commons on Monday detailing the road map to leave lockdown.
On the same day, the Premier League will hold their latest meeting to discuss ‘Project Restart‘ and the ambition is to resume football as early as next month so the 2019/20 season can be completed.
Issues have been raised apropos this proposal, however, as over the weekend a third Brighton player tested positive for coronavirus and now must self isolate for 14 days.
Give COVID-19 the red card
The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pubs, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again
STAY AT HOME. Only leave for the following purposes:
- to shop for basic essentials only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary
For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.
The government has also issued further detail on what we can do during lockdown.
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
This latest confirmed case is expected to be discussed in Monday’s meeting.
‘Project Restart’ aims to bring the Premier League back by sometime in June, though one of Europe’s major leagues will be resuming THIS weekend.
It was agreed last week that the Bundesliga, Germany’s top-flight, will be back on Saturday, May 16 following the latest government advice.