Boris Johnson 'will put the brakes on the return of fans to sport'

Boris Johnson 'will put the brakes on the return of fans to sport'

July 31, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson puts the brakes on the return of fans to sport as spectators are now BANNED from cricket, snooker and racing test events for another two weeks… leaving football to face a longer wait for crowds to come back

  • Boris Johnson has delayed test events to allow limited fans back to sport events 
  • Spectators were set to return to Goodwood, Edgbaston and the Oval and the Crucible this weekend  
  • But evidence of increasing coronavirus infections means the plans are on ice 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to hold back on plans to allow spectators to return to sporting events amid concern that coronavirus infection rates are worsening. 

The return of fans inside grounds and stadiums had been earmarked for October, but now plans to allow the limited crowds at the Crucible for the World Snooker Championship, Goodwood and the Oval will be pushed back.

Sporting matches in the Premier League and England cricket have been held behind closed doors with the virus still a major concern around the country, and with evidence growth of the UK’s R number – the figure which demonstrates the rate of infection, plans for test events will be put on ice.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to delay the easing of coronavirus restrictions, meaning plans to bring spectators back to sporting events will be delayed

Mr Johnson admitted the Government ‘couldn’t afford to ignore the evidence’ and said the country must ‘squeeze the brake pedal’ to keep the virus under control. 

This weekend, 4000 fans were expected at Goodwood, 2500 were set to arrive at Edgbaston and the Oval and 300 were due to attend the Crucible. 

In a statement on Twitter, Goodwood racecourse announced that permission to hold a pilot test event with spectators on Saturday had been withdrawn.

‘The government has informed racing’s leaders in the past hour that it has withdrawn permission for a pilot event involving customers, to proceed at Goodwood tomorrow. 

‘The racing on Sat 1 August will continue behind closed doors as it has on the previous four days of the meeting.’ 

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