Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out the possibility of new Covid-19 restrictions being in place over Christmas, suggesting football fans will be allowed into stadiums on Boxing Day.
With Covid rules in Scotland and Wales changing over Christmas, there were some people who thought that may happen in England as well and that football would once again be moved to behind closed doors due to the rising cases of the Omicron variant.
However, Johnson has suggested that fans in England will be allowed, as normal, into stadiums over the packed Boxing Day schedule – which will come as a relief for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham supporters.
The Prime Minister said this on Tuesday: “So what I can say tonight, is that naturally we can’t rule out any further measures after Christmas – and we’re going to keep a constant eye on the data, and we’ll do whatever it takes to protect public health.
“But in view of the continuing uncertainty about several things – the severity of Omicron, uncertainty about the hospitalisation rate or the impact of the vaccine rollout or the boosters, we don’t think today that there is enough evidence to justify any tougher measures before Christmas.
“We continue to monitor Omicron very closely and if the situation deteriorates we will be ready to take action if needed.”
He also urged people to get their booster jab as the United Kingdom looks to combat the virus.
He said: “What this means is that people can go ahead with their Christmas plans but the situation remains finely balanced and I would urge everyone to exercise caution, to keep protecting yourselves and your loved ones, especially the vulnerable.
“And remember to keep following the guidance – wear a mask indoors when required to do so, keep fresh air circulating, and take a test before you visit elderly or vulnerable relatives.”
This is of course a developing situation and the Government could change their decision in the future, and football.london will bring you all the very latest updates as and when they arrive.