Boris Johnson says live sport crowds will return 'as soon as possible'

Boris Johnson says he’s working to get the crowd back into venues and live sporting events “ASAP.

The government has reportedly been investigating the possibility of spectators entering venues by Christmas – but only in areas with the lowest infection rates.

The Prime Minister reportedly also privately told MPs that reopening sports fields was a “personal priority”.

However, I did not provide any details on this issue when the matter was raised during the Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday.

“I understand the frustration with the fans and we hope to get the crowd back on the ground as soon as possible,” he replied to a question from Karl McCartney, Lincoln Conservative MP.

Aside from two successful test events in Doncaster and Warwick in September, the race has been behind closed doors since the sport resumed on June 1 after the first Covid-19 lockdown.

A first testing event in Goodwood in early August was canceled at 11 a.m. while the Doncaster trial was cut from a planned four days to one day after local authorities intervened over fears of rising infection rates.

Newmarket also had plans to welcome a limited number of spectators to the Cambridgeshire meeting, which was canceled in September.

The UK Horse Racing Agency said it was awaiting “further clarification” from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on crowds.

A BHA spokesperson said: “We are in constant contact with DCMS regarding the return of spectators to sporting events, both via direct routes and via the seat of racing in the Big Sports group, which does the work of the sport technology and innovation group supported.

“We are currently waiting for further clarification from DCMS on the situation, although we are of course aware that this will be an intergovernmental decision.”


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