Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson declaring a new national lockdown, Premier League soccer and other professional sports with testing regimes and blisters in place will proceed. England has fallen in line with Scotland, which said earlier on Monday that after imposing new restrictions on the general public north of the border, its soccer and rugby clubs will continue to practice and play as normal.
Elite athletes and their coaches, if needed, would still be able to participate and practice. Cover the NHS. Only save lives. Pic.twitter.com/j4aMTZgtY7- UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) January 4, 2021However, due to fears about increasing cases of Covid 19, a March-style full shutdown means that outdoor gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, archery ranges and indoor riding arenas will have to close. In England, recreational team sports and golf will be prohibited, although the latter may continue to be played in small groups in Scotland. Organized outdoor sports for people with disabilities will also continue. Johnson proposed new legislation in his address to the nation on Monday night that restored the limitations on the general public, even if there was a list of exemptions. This included elite sports with existing Covid protocols and “elite athletes (and their coaches, if necessary, or parents/guardians if under 18) – or those on an official elite sports pathway.” Following the imposition of a ban by the government in England with immediate effect, we released a statement on the implications for “non-elite” soccer:- The FA (@FA) January 4, 2021. The Vitality Women’s FA Cup will also end at this point of the competition as it is listed as non-elite. “Dialogue continues with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the leagues, competitions and County Football Associations and we will provide further updates on the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and non-elite soccer as soon as relevant,”Dialogue continues with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the leagues, competitions and County Football Associations and we will provide further updates on the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and non-elite soccer as soon as applicable. “We would like to thank the soccer community once again for their hard work, resilience and understanding during this incredibly challenging time for both the game and society as a whole. “The Lawn Tennis Association would also like to have its say. Tennis is a normal, socially distant sport that is safe to play and offers individuals the chance to get out and exercise with a friend or relative,”Tennis is a natural, socially distanced sport that is safe to play and gives people the opportunity to get outside and exercise with a friend or relative,” Participation will be restricted to those needed to run the fixtures and strict adherence to the Covid 19 protocols of British Horseracing will continue to be required for all participants,”Participation will be limited to those necessary to run the fixtures and strict adherence to British Horseracing’s Covid 19 protocols will continue to be required for all participants,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had recently implemented her own strict new steps to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. An exemption list was also released by the Scottish government specifying that “those involved in professional sport to train, coach or take part in an event” are among those permitted to leave their homes. A statement from the Scottish Football Association said, “Following the First Minister’s announcement regarding the increased restrictions this afternoon, we will be engaging with @ScotGov on the impact on grassroots soccer. We will provide a further update in due course. “This afternoon, following the announcement by the First Minister regarding increased restrictions, we will engage with @ScotGov on t. In due course, we will have yet another update. Pic.twitter.com/Mg1AAE9OPk- Scottish FA (@ScottishFA) January 4, 2021Sturgeon has announced that much of Scotland will be closed from Tuesday for the whole of January to tackle the increasing spread of the latest strain of coronavirus. A legally enforceable stay-at-home order will extend from Tuesday to areas currently below level four, which is the g, the First Minister said.