Boris Johnson announces plans for when fans can return to stadiums

Boris Johnson announces plans for when fans can return to stadiums

Boris Johnson has announced plans for fans to return to stadiums ‘from October’ although this will be subject to a number of trial runs to ensure it is done in a COVID-secure way.

There will be test events, expected to be the World Snooker Championship, Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival and two County Championship cricket matches, while other sporting test events will be announced too.

‘From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence,’ Johnson said on Friday.

‘Again, these changes must be done in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.’

The Independent reports that there are already Premier League plans to bring back crowds at 40 per cent, which now has an October target.

The World Snooker Championship runs from 31 July – 16 August in Sheffield, while Goodwood is on 1 August.

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The Premier League has been back in action since 17 June, but all games have been played behind closed doors, while Test cricket returned this week, also with no fans.

Some countries have already seen crowds return to stadiums, with top flight football in Denmark testing live audiences again in June at around 10% capacity and a maximum of 3,000 people.

This is part of a number of announcements from the PM in his hope to return to ‘normality’ by Christmas.

‘It is my strong and sincere hope that we will be able to review the outstanding restrictions and allow a more significant return to normality from November at the earliest possibly in time for Christmas,’ said Johnson.

‘If we continue to pull together, as we have done so far, I know we can beat this virus: hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, and it’s in that spirit that we must carry on waging this long, hard fight against coronavirus.’

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Johnson also announced: ‘From August 1, we will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rings, casinos and we will enable close contact services, beauticians to resume.

‘Nightclubs, soft play areas – sadly – need to remain closed for now, although this will be kept under review.

‘We will restart indoor performances to a live audience, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sport stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

‘We will also allow wedding receptions for up to 30 people.’

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