Government pauses planned return of football fans to stadiums











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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says plans for fans to return to sport events in England from October 1 have been called off

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says plans for fans to return to sport events in England from October 1 have been called off

The planned return of spectators to sports venues in England from October 1
could be on hold for six months due to fears over a second wave of coronavirus
infections.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of restrictions in the House of Commons on Tuesday lunchtime, including those related to mass gatherings.

“We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events,” he said.

“So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”

Johnson added the measures would remain in place for ‘perhaps six months’, saying: “We will spare no effort in developing vaccines, treatments, new forms of mass-testing but unless we palpably make progress we should assume that the restrictions that I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.

“For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives and I must tell the House and the country that our fight against it will continue.”

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Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes explains indoor team sport will not be allowed after being removed as an exemption from the ‘rule of six’

Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes explains indoor team sport will not be allowed after being removed as an exemption from the ‘rule of six’

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