Premier League to avoid lockdown

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 31st October 2020

The Premier League will continue unabated - despite the country set to return to lockdown later this week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during this afternoon's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool that England will begin a four-week lockdown period starting from Thursday, 5 November, as a result in the increased number of Covid-19 cases.

However it has been confirmed that the Premier League's schedule will be unaffected, unlike the first lockdown which began back in March of this year and resulted in top flight football being suspended for three months.

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"I'm not going to pretend to you that these judgements aren't incredibly difficult," said Prime Minster Johnson, in an address to the nation. "We have to change with the changing pattern of the virus. And, alas, what we're seeing now is a pretty consistent surge. We have to deal with it."

In a week when the UK's number of positive cases hit the one million mark and the UK has averaged almost 23,000 new cases per day - plus 237 deaths from coronavirus - the league schedule was thought to be under considerable threat.

Bars and restaurants are just two sectors affected by the new lockdown, although schools and universities have also escaped any further closures - for now.

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