England: professional sport continues despite the new confinement

England: professional sport continues despite the new confinement

Professional sports competitions, and in particular the Premier League, will continue in England despite the return to total confinement announced Monday evening by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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The list of exceptions published by the British government allows elite athletes to train and compete.

Before these new government announcements, the English Football League had assured that it had “no plans” to interrupt the Premier League season, requested by some players after new matches postponed due to cases of COVID-19 within clubs.

Boris Johnson announced Monday evening the return to “containment” of all of England to fight against the spread of the new variant of the more contagious coronavirus.

This new confinement, as strict as the one put in place in the spring, provides for the closure of schools and must last if conditions allow, until mid-February, he announced in a televised address.

Also in Scotland, where Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday full confinement for all of January, professional sport will be able to continue, having been placed on the list of exceptions.

For their part, the organizers of the Six Nations Rugby Tournament said Monday, ahead of the government announcements, that they expected the competition “to go as planned” from February 6 to March 20, while specifying to monitor the situation. with the Federations, governments and health authorities of the countries concerned.

The British and Irish Lions for their part indicated this weekend that they would make a decision in February on whether or not to continue the tour planned to South Africa in July-August.

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