The British government authorized Saturday (May 30th) the return of sports competitions behind closed doors in the face of fans as of June 1, after being suspended for more than two months due to the emerging Coronavirus.
“The wait is over. British sport will soon return in a safe and carefully controlled environment” to prevent the possibility of a “Covid-19” infection being transmitted, said Minister Oliver Dowden, who is in charge of sports affairs.
The League of Football Premier League has previously set June 17 as the initial date for the resumption of competitions, subject to the availability of appropriate health and preventive conditions.
But the first sport to return will be equestrian, with a horse race taking place in Newcastle, northeast England, on June 6.
And the British government authorities published on Saturday the general directives for the third stage of the return of sports activities, in cooperation with the competent health authorities, which follows a second stage that included allowing the return of exercises and direct contact between athletes.
The new directives include not allowing spectators to attend sports facilities, isolating individuals who are proven to have “Covid-19”, respecting the rules of social divergence “wherever possible”, and reducing direct contact during celebrations.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters expressed “welcome” to the government decision, adding, “We are initially planning to resume the Premier League on June 17, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure the safety of all concerned.”