Boris Johnson announces 'review' of plans to allow fans into stadiums from October

Jack de Menezes
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The government will “revise and review” plans to allow fans back into sporting events from 1 October after Boris Johnson imposed a maximum limit of six people to attend social gatherings.

The prime minister said on Wednesday that any gatherings indoors or outdoors featuring more than six people will be made illegal from Monday, and although the planned pilot events on sport will now face a review regarding if they are safe enough to go ahead, elite professional sport will still continue.

“We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in stadiums & review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from the 1st October,” Johnson said, adding that “organised sport will still be able to proceed”.

Oliver Dowden, the secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, is expected to add further detail on the conditions that will need to be met in order for pilot events to go ahead, as well as whether the 1 October target for a partial return of fans will have to be pushed back, due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in the UK.