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Premier League to Continue Despite England Lockdown, Prime Minister

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Professional football such as the Premier League and other elite sporting activities will be exempt from the nationwide lockdown announced at the weekend.

The Premier League will not be affected by a new lockdown set to come into force across England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed.

Coronavirus cases have been increasing at a rapid pace in the past few weeks, with the nation reporting an average of more than 20,000 daily positives over the last 10 days.

In response to the growing ‘second wave’ Johnson announced in a press conference on Saturday that a national lockdown would be re-impose on England, closing non-essential businesses and restricting the movement of the population in a bid to reduce infections.

England’s top flight fell victim to the pandemic in March, with the 2019-20 season suspended for almost four months before the campaign’s remaining fixtures could be completed.

But Johnson affirmed that for the time being the current term was in no risk of similar measures.

“I can say yes to the Premier League, I think, with authority,” the PM told reporters when announcing the new lockdown rules, due to come into place from Thursday until December 2.

Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, confirmed that top-level sporting activity would not be affected.

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