Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the planned return of spectators to sports venues in England will no longer be going ahead on October 1st.
Speaking to the House of Commons this afternoon, Johnson revealed a range of restrictions that could be in place for the next six months to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“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 1st 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.”
He continued: “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 the next 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.”
The announcement comes after leaders of more than 100 sports bodies wrote to the Prime Minister to request a comprehensive support package, including investment, tax incentives and regulatory reform.