sport news Plans to allow thousands of sports fans back are paused due to Covid spike 

Boris Johnson has delayed plans to partially return fans to all sports stadiums on October 1 due to the recent spike in Covid cases. 

Pilot events have been taking place with a maximum of 1,000 fans in each stadium, with the intention of returning all venues to 30 per cent capacity by the start of next month. 

But Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove confirmed this morning that measures have been shelved for now. 

'We’ve been piloting some open air venues and we do want to be able in due course to allow people to return to watch football and other sporting events,' Gove told BBC Breakfast.

'We need to be cautious at the moment and I think a mass reopening at this stage wouldn’t be appropriate.'

The move comes in light of increasing restrictions imposed by the Government from Thursday amid fears of a strong second wave of Covid-19 this autumn.

Up to 1,000 fans were admitted to eight EFL fixtures last Saturday in the latest test events

Up to 1,000 fans were admitted to eight EFL fixtures last Saturday in the latest test events

Carlisle fans socially distanced themselves in the stands as they watched their team live

Carlisle fans socially distanced themselves in the stands as they watched their team live 

It was part of the 'return to fans' pilot programme amid the COVID-19 pandemic

It was part of the 'return to fans' pilot programme amid the COVID-19 pandemic 

It came as 100 sports organisations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to Mr Johnson calling for urgent funding to avoid a 'lost generation' of physical activity.  

According to a letter reportedly seen by BBC Sport, the group warns the future of the sector is 'perilous' and urges the Government to provide a 'sports recovery fund' in order to help the industry endure the prolonged effects of the pandemic.

The letter, written by organisations including the Football Association, Premier League, Rugby Football Union and England and Wales Cricket Board, reportedly states: 'We require a comprehensive support package for the sport and physical sector to aid its recovery.

'This package must combine investment, tax incentives, and regulatory reform.

'Covid-19 has undermined our commercial revenue streams with both stadiums and leisure facilities closed or greatly reduced in capacity. The impact of this will potentially lead to a lost generation of sport and activity.'

Lisa Wainwight, chief executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, told the BBC: 'The strength of this coalition from the sports, recreation and activity sector cannot be ignored in its public call to the prime minister.

'It is imperative that our sector gets the support it requires from the government to get back to business, in order to ease the pressures on the NHS and play a central role in our nation's recovery.'

But a return to sports stadiums has been halted by Boris Johnson - it comes as 100 sports organisations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to the PM (pictured) calling for urgent funding to avoid a 'lost generation' of physical activity

But a return to sports stadiums has been halted by Boris Johnson - it comes as 100 sports organisations, including the Premier League, FA and Rugby Football Union, wrote to the PM (pictured) calling for urgent funding to avoid a 'lost generation' of physical activity

Boris Johnson will today unveil a major crackdown on normal life in a bid to halt a second wave of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister will drop his 'back to work' drive, announce restrictions on socialising and impose a 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants from Thursday.

Pubs and other venues will be allowed to serve seated customers only and drinkers will be banned from gathering in crowds. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said yesterday it was crucial to break 'unnecessary links between households'.

In a gloomy televised briefing yesterday, Mr Whitty said restrictions may have to last for six months to help the NHS cope through the winter.

The Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told the briefing without action, Covid cases could hit 50,000 a day by the middle of next month, with deaths hitting 200 a day by November.

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