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Premier League football and other elite sports with test and bubble regimes in place will continue despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing a new national shutdown.
England has aligned itself with Scotland, who said early Monday that its football and rugby clubs can continue to train and play normally after introducing new restrictions for the general public north of the border.
Elite athletes and their coaches, if necessary, will still be able to compete and train.
However, a March-style total lockdown due to concerns about rising Covid-19 cases means that outdoor gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, archery / driving / shooting ranges, and riding trails must close.
Outdoor team sports and golf will be prohibited in England, although the latter may continue in small groups in Scotland.
You can also continue organized sports outdoors for people with disabilities.
Addressing the nation Monday night, Johnson announced new measures that reintroduced limits imposed on the general population, although there was a list of exemptions.
Elite sports were included with established Covid protocols and “elite athletes (and their coaches if necessary, or parents / guardians if under 18) – or those on an official elite sports route.”
Premier League, EFL unaffected
While the Premier League and EFL may continue, football below that (steps three through six of the National League system and levels three through seven of the women’s soccer pyramid all the way to the bottom) needs to stop.
The Vitality Women’s FA Cup will also be stopped, as it is classified as non-elite at this stage of the competition.
“The dialogue will continue with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, county soccer leagues, competitions and associations, and we will provide further updates for the FA Vitality Women’s Cup 2020-21, Buildbase FA Vase and non-elite football where relevant . ”Reads a statement from the Football Association.
“We would like to thank the soccer community once again for their hard work, endurance and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and society at large.”