Premier League and elite sport to continue in England, confirms Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but fans set to wait longer for return
Boris Johnson has confirmed that the Premier League will continue after announcing that a second national lockdown is set to come into force next week.
The Prime Minister announced new restrictions for the country that will start on Thursday and run until December 2 to combat coronavirus and avoid the NHS being overwhelmed.
Football fans will remember that live sport was among the many industries impacted by the first national lockdown as Premier League football took an involuntary three-month hiatus between March and June.
“The changes mean people should work from home where possible,” tweeted culture secretary Oliver Dowden.
“But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors.”
During the news conference, Johnson gave a thumbs up and said ‘Yes to the Premier League’ when asked if top-flight football will continue.
While multiple top-flight players have tested positive for coronavirus, testing protocols have seen them quickly isolated to prevent any further spread, with fixtures going ahead according to plan.
However, the new restrictions look set to delay the return of fans to stadiums until at least 2021.
There were hopes that supporters could return in some capacity before Christmas, but it is believed fans in stadiums is now off the political agenda until the new year at the very earliest.