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Premier League enters stage three of Government’s plan to restart professional sport

Professional sport in England is set to resume behind closed doors from Monday 1 June, after the Government set out health and safety guidelines.

The world of sport is currently in stage three of the plan to bring professional sport back in England amid the suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced last night that horse racing will return on Monday, with the first meeting being at Newcastle.

Hancock’s announcement comes after sports clubs and athletes saw stage two of the plan allow for close-contract training.

According to talkSPORT, there are some strict guidelines in place for when the Premier League returns on June 17 and subject to voting, the Football League a month later.

These conditions include:

– No spectators present.

– Athletes and anyone participating in the sport must travel alone in private transport.

– One-way systems throughout stadiums and venues.

– Everyone entering a stadium or venue must be screened for COVID-19.

– Minimum use of dressing rooms.

– Physio treatment only permitted where essential.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden said  “The wait is over. Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments.

“This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it’s right for them to restart.

“This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved.”

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