By Iqbal Johal
The UK Government has announced that no professional sport will take place in England until at least 1 June.
The news comes as part of the Government’s guidance on lockdown easing measures set out on Sunday, which included lifting restrictions on exercise from 13 May, and details on stages two and three of the plan.
However, step two is not allowed to start before 1 June, which will permit sporting events to take place behind closed doors and be broadcast, although only if progress has been made in successfully controlling the spread of the virus.
Football in England has been suspended since 13 March, with nine rounds of fixtures still to be played in the Premier League, which will meet later on Monday to discuss details on Project Restart.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had previously announced there will be no cricket played until at least 1 July, while Premiership Rugby is also aiming for a July restart.
Sport has gradually been restarting following a worldwide suspension.
Last week, the German Football Association (DFB) announced the German Bundesliga will restart behind closed doors on 16 May, while the K-League in South Korea began its new season this past weekend.