• Johnson confirms spectators in England can return
  • Up to 10,000 permitted inside stadiums from 17 May

There is growing optimism within government circles that large numbers of fans will be able to return for a packed summer of sport in England – including the final stages of the football’s European Championship, Wimbledon and the Test cricket series against India – provided the rate of Covid-19 infections continues to fall.

On Monday, Boris Johnson confirmed plans to allow up to 10,000 spectators inside stadiums from 17 May, in time for the final weekend of the Premier League season. However, sources say the goal is to work towards full venues as the summer progresses, especially with all adults expected to be vaccinated by the end of July.

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