Elite sports industry to keep operating during lockdown
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown in England following the outbreak of a new dangerous strain of COVID-19. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced a similar lockdown for Scotland that is expected to last all throughout the month of January.
There is good news for those in the elite sports industry as the it will be allowed to keep operating during the lockdown. The industry was permitted to go ahead with operations, and this includes the Premier League, which should be relieving for both football fans and betting operators.
To keep operating as normal, the Premier League and other elite sports in the UK are required to conduct strict testing and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. This is news that is totally welcomed by the elite sports managers, who just want to keep pursuing their passion.
Aside from the elite football matches, horseracing and greyhound racing are also set to go forth with operations despite the imposed lockdown.
The British Horseracing Authority commented on the news saying: “Following this evening’s broadcast, we can confirm that racing will continue behind closed doors during the upcoming national lockdown.”
Managing Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Mark Bird, stated: “We cannot be complacent in terms of us continuing to race and I would implore everyone involved in the sport to play their part to ensure that social distancing measures, the wearing of appropriate PPE and communication at all levels is maintained.”
The continuation of elite sports in the UK through the 2021 lockdown is astounding news for online operators who were wishing to cash in on the Premier League or horseracing.
All betting shops will have to close, including those that were previously allowed to open in tiers one, two and three. With betting shops forced to close due to the lockdown, it is quite possible that a rise in the amount of online sports betting will occur over the next few weeks.