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New lockdown announced but elite sport continues

The BBC reporting

The Premier League and other elite sport can continue behind closed doors during a new four-week national lockdown in England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new restrictions for the country that will start on Thursday and run until 2 December to combat coronavirus and avoid the NHS being overwhelmed.

“The changes mean people should work from home where possible,” tweeted culture secretary Oliver Dowden.

“But where this is not possible, travel to a place of work will be permitted – e.g. this includes (but not exhaustive) elite sport played behind closed doors.”

During a news conference to announce the measures, Johnson gave a thumbs up and said “Yes to the Premier League” when asked if top-flight football will continue.

The Premier League was halted in March before the first national lockdown and has been played without fans since it restarted in June.

ClaretandHugh says: The regular calls for  government to allow fans into stadiums look pretty stupid with the latest lockdown now announced and due to continue from Thursday of next week until December 2. A return of fans to the London Stadium and all the others was never on much as we might to have wanted to live with such a fantasy but thankfully the season will be played out by the looks of things and we can now hopefully prepare for three points next weekend from Fulham. Lockdown the second time around, like most things, is not as scary as when you have been there before and if several reports are to be believed there could be a vaccine either during, or soon after, this new period of restriction comes to an end.  And unlike the first one at least this time it will be that much more bearable with elite sport being played. May we send our best to every CandH follower. Stay safe ALL of you.

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