Governement hints at October return for crowds

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport have hinted fans may be able to return to sporting events from October.

In recent months, we have seen the return of football and cricket, with rugby league also confirming their dates. However, all have been behind closed doors.

Trials will be taking place later this month, and into August. They include a County Cricket match, the World Snooker Championship and the Goodwood Horse Racing Festival.

Should the trials go well, fans may be able to return with social distancing from 1st October.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “For months millions of us have felt the void of being unable to go to the match to support our team or attend a top-class sporting event. So I am pleased that we are now able to move forward with a plan to help venues safely reopen their doors to fans.

“I recognise that not every sport, team or club has the benefit of huge commercial revenue, and it is often their dedicated fans that are the lifeblood which helps keep them going. By working closely with sports and medical experts, these pilots will help ensure the safe return of fans to stadia.

“Although it will remain some time before venues are full to capacity, this is a major step in the right direction for the resumption of live spectator sport across the country.”

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