Brits can look forward to the possibility of some sports returning to a semblance of normal play from 1 June onwards. British Horseracing is currently working on a plan of action so as to ensure that races are in a position to resume once the green light blinks on the announced date. Sport will initially recommence without any spectators physically present; government has decreed. Some key conditions have been announced so as to ensure the gradual lifting of country-wide restrictions.
Social contact on a large scale will remain off-limits for the foreseeable future but this does not mean that fans will not be able to enjoy once more the sports they’ve come to love and adore; albeit from the safety of their own homes.
New Date Proposed
The initial date pegged for a possible restart in terms of horse racing events was somewhere along the lines of the month of May. This has since proved impractical. The earliest opportunity and the most feasible one according to government, has been identified as June 1st. In order to keep in complete compliance with government’s guidelines, the British Horseracing’s Executive Committee has made the call to bump up the schedule to the mentioned future date.
The Executive Committee is made up of the Racecourse Association, the British Horseracing Authority, the National Trainers Federation and the Racehorse Owners’ Association. The organisation has the final say regarding all things horseracing in the country.
A Timeline Is Crucial
The committee has announced that the next step would be for it to come up with and publish a specific timeline detailing all of the necessary steps to be taken so as to ensure the practical return of the sport on June 1st. The British Horseracing Authority has furthermore confirmed having held ongoing discussions with England’s Public Health authority as well as with England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. Officials in both Scotland as well as Whales were also involved in the discussions. The aim of the discussions in question is to formulate a new way and approach relating to the processes and protocols that will be followed in future. All future processes and protocols, said the committee, will revolve around a single goal: reducing the risk of a new wave of infections.
Due Consideration Is Key
Government has furthermore indicated that those facilities classifying as “leisure facilities” will be permitted to resume operations on July 4th. This is on condition that infections are not found to have spiked anew resulting from gradual leniencies about to be implemented. Government however made no mention of retail betting shops or casinos.
All sport in the UK has been suspended ever since government announced the first of the current restrictions around mid-March. The suspensions included a massive halt-call by all major leagues, including the FA Cup, the Women’s Super League and the English Premier League (EPL).
Premier league clubs are as a result of the lengthy hiatus eager to get back down to the business of managing and playing sports. Premier League clubs convened on May 11th and met with one another in an attempt to determine the best possible plan for a restart. No official plans or schedules have been announced as of yet, but guidance is expected to be handed down soon.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters has however indicated that all 20 premier league clubs voted in support of a completion of the current 2019-2020 season. Masters added that in order for this to happen from a safe and practical point of view, a plan would have to be devised that will be suitable for all players as well as managers.