The UK Government has given the green light for live competitive sport to return behind closed doors “in safe and carefully controlled environments” from June 1.
Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Public Health England and medical experts across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports governing bodies have contributed to the latest guidelines which have been revealed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
It follows an update last Monday from the UK Government which gave permission for “close-contact and competitive” training to resume for all sports.
The ‘Stage three’ of elite sport guidance stresses that there will be no spectators present at live sporting events, outlining the health and logistical processes that will need to be put in place to enable events to take place behind closed doors.
The Government has published the protocols to ensure social distancing is adhered to at all times at sporting venues, stating that: “all competition delivery partners and user groups involved, from the teams and athletes, to the support staff, officials and media, must travel individually and by private transport where possible.”
The announcement adds that “a screening process” will be in place for those entering venues, dressing room usage and physiotherapy treatment should be “minimised”, and that medical staff must abide by advice from Public Health England regarding medical safety and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).