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Premier League to continue despite UK lockdown

Elite sporting activities are exempted from restrictions announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the weekend

The Premier League will not be affected by the new lockdown occassioned by an increase in COVID19 cases in the United Kingdom.

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 the UK would re-impose a national lockdown, closing non-essential businesses and restricting movement.

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. 

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

“The changes mean people should work from home where possible,” Dowden explained on Twitter. 

In a statement on Twitter, the FA acknowledged that it was still unclear how the lockdown would affect non-elite football.

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