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UK pauses planned return of fans to stadiums over COVID-19

UK pauses planned return of fans to stadiums over COVID-19
September 22
12:43 2020

The government of United Kingdom has halted plans for fans to return to stadiums to watch the English Premier League (EPL) and other live sport events in the country.

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According to BBC, the decision was announced by Michael Gove, the UK’s cabinet office minister, on Tuesday.

Plans had been made for restricted return of 1,000 fans to attend EPL matches from October 1, but they were placed under review.

“We were looking at a staged programme of more people returning – it wasn’t going to be the case that we were going to have stadiums thronged with fans,” Gove said.

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“We’re looking at how we can, for the moment, pause that programme, but what we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when circumstances allow, get more people back.

“The virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors but again it’s in the nature of major sporting events that there’s a lot of mingling.”

The UK’s COVID-19 alert level has moved to 4, which means transmission will be “high or rising exponentially”.

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The EPL and other events in England have been played behind closed doors since the coronavirus lockdown in March.

New measures on fans reintroduction would be set out by Boris Johnson, UK’s Prime Minister, later in the day.

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