Aston Villa fans suffer setback to Villa Park return hopes amid coronavirus pandemic
Aston Villa fans may have suffered a setback in their hopes of watching live football again by October.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this month that spectators could be able to return to stadiums in England in around three month’s time.
Some sports, including football and cricket, have already resumed behind closed doors after the Covid-19 lockdown.
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And the PM confirmed earlier this month that a number of test events will take place from August 1 but any stadium re-openings would be subject to coronavirus guidelines.
The announcement comes after some areas in England were placed into a local lockdown.
“We will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadiums with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn,” Johnson said on July 17.
“From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadiums.
“Again, these changes must be done in a Covid-secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”
However, the PM has this afternoon confirmed that the three test events scheduled to take place over the coming days have all been cancelled due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases.
“We can’t just ignore this evidence,” Johnson said. “We have to act rapidly in order to protect those we love, and we know measures such as these work.
“We’re postponing those changes for at least a fortnight,” before adding: “Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.”
While in a separate statement the PM said: “Very disappointing news that with rise in infection rates we cannot press ahead with sports pilots with fans this weekend.
“I know the huge efforts cricket, snooker & horse racing have made to welcome fans back
“We’ll keep working together on their safe return as soon as possible.”