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Report: Premier League fans could return in October

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Fans cheer as the teams take to the field during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on May 4, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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A lot needs to happen for the 2019-20 Premier League season to resume but shifting one eye to the future, fans could return in October for the 2020-21 season.

Several outlets in the UK claim to have seen the 50-page plan from the UK government to reopen the country, as the final stage of that plan states that fans can return to large events.

The UK government has currently set lockdown measures until May 7 and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now give his next update on Sunday, May 10.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season. All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

Boris Johnson’s six-month plan to get to the UK back to some sort of normality has plenty of targets along the way and it is clear that everything needs to go smoothly between now and October for fans to be return to Premier League games.

A vaccine is not expected until early 2021, at the earliest, and sports leagues around the world have said they will ban fans until a vaccine arrives.

Fans of most sports have resigned themselves to not being able to attend an event in person until early in 2021 and most seem fine with having to watch games on TV being played in empty stadiums for the foreseeable future.

What seems more likely is fans being allowed to attend on a smaller scale in five to six months time and we will see how that works. That is the best case scenario.

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