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UK sport could be behind closed doors until vaccine is found

Getty ImagesTop-level sport in England could restart behind closed doors from 1st June but spectators may not be able to attend venues until a vaccine is found. The British government’s road map for exiting the lockdown imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus was published on 11th May, setting out the conditions under which various activities can be safely carried out. Coronavirus: News, views and insights during the Covid-19 pandemicStep two of the road map, which cannot begin any earlier than 1st June, includes 'permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact'. This will only be possible though if sufficient progress is made in limiting the spread of the virus between now and then, but the Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy paper says that 'organisations should plan accordingly'. It is less clear when supporters will be able to return to venues. The document says businesses such as cinemas and hairdressers can reopen in step three – no earlier than 4th July – but states: 'Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.

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