Premier League and elite sport WILL continue confirms Prime Minister Boris Johnson, despite England being plunged into a second lockdown amid coronavirus crisis
- Elite sport including the Premier League will go on during the national lockdown
- The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed the continuation
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a month-long lockdown from Thursday
- Top-flight football has been played behind closed doors since restarting in June
Elite sport will continue in England despite the government announcing a second national lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the month-long lockdown would start on Thursday and Oliver Dowden confirmed top-level sport would not be affected.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport tweeted that people should work from home where possible.
Premier League football will continue behind closed doors despite a second national lockdown
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced details of the new measures in a speech on Saturday
However, he added: ‘Where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors, film & tv production, telecoms workers.’
Johnson ordered the country to stay at home in a bid to reverse the spread of Covid-19.
The Prime Minister said that without action, deaths would reach ‘several thousand a day’, with a ‘peak of mortality’ worse than the country saw during the lockdown in April.
Encounters in the Premier League have been taking place behind closed doors since mid-June
Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close from Thursday.
Dowden added: ‘We understand people will have a lot of questions and @DCMS officials & ministers will be working through these and detailed implications with sectors over the coming days.’
The government said that it now intends to work through full details of the public health move