UK government gives green light for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1 2020

UK government gives green light for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1 2020

UK government gives green light for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1 2020
The UK government has given green light for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1 2020. Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Public Health England and medical experts across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports governing bodies have contributed to the latest guidelines which have been revealed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It follows an update last Monday from the UK Government which gave permission for "close-contact and competitive" training to resume for all sports.

The 'Stage three' of elite sport guidance stresses that there will be no spectators present at live sporting events, outlining the health and logistical processes that will need to be put in place to enable events to take place behind closed doors.

The government has published the protocols to ensure social distancing is adhered to at all times at sporting venues, stating that: "all competition delivery partners and user groups involved, from the teams and athletes, to the support staff, officials and media, must travel individually and by private transport where possible."

The announcement adds that "a screening process" will be in place for those entering venues, dressing room usage and physiotherapy treatment should be "minimised", and that medical staff must abide by advice from Public Health England regarding medical safety and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

To ensure regulatory standards are met, elite sports organisations and competition delivery partners have been instructed to "appoint a named COVID-19 Officer to be responsible for oversight of all planning and communications."

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, said: "The wait is over. Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments.

"This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it's right for them to restart.

"This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved."

Following the announcement, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "The Premier League welcomes the Government's announcement today.

"All major sports, including the Premier League, have been working together with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to produce this Stage Three protocol.

"We could not have reached this point without the full support of the Government, especially DCMS, Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer's team.

"We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This includes consulting with our clubs, players and managers - along with all our other stakeholders - as the health and welfare of our participants and supporters is our priority.

"If all goes well, we will be thrilled to resume the 2019/20 season in just over two weeks' time."

The Premier League is set to return on Wednesday, June 17 after a three-month hiatus due to the suspension of the campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.