After a near three-month shutdown, all competitive sport in Britain can resume from June 1 behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met, the government said on Saturday.
No competitive top-level sport has taken place in Britain since March as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 38,000 people in the UK.
In a document published on Saturday by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden outlined the strict criteria that must be met to allow elite athletes and professional sportsmen to resume.
Competitive sport would be able to resume behind closed doors and only when it was safe to do so, he said during a daily Downing Street briefing, adding that it was up to each individual sport to decide exactly when to restart.
The government's stage three guidance for staging competitive sporting events includes conditions such as players travelling alone to venues, being screened for coronavirus symptoms and maintaining social distancing where possible.
Dowden also confirmed that the government was relaxing rules on all forms of exercise by allowing up to five people from different households to train together from June 1.
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