- The Premier League are pondering on ways to restart the season with all safety measures intact in June.
- Up to 400 people will be allowed to attend the closed-door games after rigorous testing.
- Half of the 92 remaining games will be broadcast live.
- The season can’t be extended any further than July 27, with August 22 pencilled in as a date for the start of 2020/21 season.
The Premier League are rigorously working on ways to resume the season in June with all safety measures in place.
According to the Times – a tier-one source in such news – the league committee are drawing up plans on how the league can be safely restarted on June 8 with certain protocols being decided upon as well.
Not only will the games take place in closed-doors in a few “approved stadiums”, but up to only 400 people – including media – will be allowed to enter the stadium and everyone will have to test negative for Covid-19 to gain access.
The availability of testing still remains an issue in the UK as clubs will have to pay out of their own pocket to organize testing kits for their players and staff.
If the season is fully completed, only half of the remaining 92 games will be broadcasted live. In regards to training, players will have to travel individually to and from training grounds, while also having to arrive dressed in their kits.
Before the games itself, additional social distancing measures will be put into place, while similar measures will also take place during warm-ups.
The Premier League has also discussed the potential to end the season no further than July 27 and start of the 2020/21 campaign being pencilled in at August 22.
Arsenal are set to return to training at the Colney base on Monday but it will be only individual exercise, with full social distancing measures in place. The Gunners are the first club in the Premier League to re-open their training ground.
The German Bundesliga is on course to return on May 9 with protective measures similar to the ones planned by the Premier League, if The Times’ report is to be believed.