By Mary Cunningham
The Premier League has received the go-ahead from the British government to resume behind closed doors from June 1.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a road map Sunday night to ease lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, and a full report has since been released.
The 50-page document includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” but this cannot happen before June 1.
Titled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy,” the document says lockdown measures will only be eased once certain measures have been met.
In any case, no spectators will be allowed at matches should the Premier League return, with the league’s 20 clubs set for a vote on how to resume the season in the next few days, including the use of neutral venues to host matches.