Covid-19 lockdown: As much as 10,000 followers may return to the stadiums by mid-Could
Up to 2,000 fans were allowed to take part in several Premier League games in December
Up to 10,000 fans could be back in the stadiums by mid-May as part of the government's plans to get England out of lockdown.
Outdoor sports such as soccer, golf and tennis are allowed to resume in England on March 29th.
The plan to facilitate lockdown requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates, and new coronavirus variants.
"The turnstiles of our sports stadiums will be spinning again," said Johnson.
Recreation centers, gyms and swimming pools can be open from April 12th.
Venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses have been closed across England since the lockdown was announced on January 4th.
The government says it will run a series of pilot events for a small number of fans in April.
If successful, "up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seating capacity, whichever is lower" will be allowed into stadiums for sporting events, but not before May 17.
That could mean the FA Cup final on May 15 at Wembley will be played behind closed doors, as it was in August, although fans may be able to take part in the conclusion of the Premier League, which is slated to end the weekend of May 22.
The delayed Euro 2020 competition starts on June 11th. Wembley will host seven games, including the final on July 11th.
Canceled for the first time since World War II in 2020, Wimbledon is slated for June 28 to July 11 with the Formula 1 British Grand Prix on July 18 at Silverstone.
What will be allowed in England from March 8th
- Sports for children under the age of 18 can take place in the school as part of the educational offer or as part of all-round care.
- The home stay restriction will remain, but will be changed to allow people to go out to relax and exercise outdoors – with their own household, a support or childcare bubble, or with someone from another household . Social distancing and other safe behaviors should be followed.
From March 29th
- Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor pools can be reopened. Formally organized outdoor sports – for adults and under 18 years of age – can also be restarted and are not subject to gathering restrictions.
Not earlier than April 12th
- Indoor leisure (including gyms) that can be used individually or in household groups.
- All children, regardless of the circumstances, can participate in all indoor children's activities, including sports. Groups of parents and children of up to 15 people (excluding children under five years of age) can restart indoors.
Not earlier than May 17th
- Indoor group sports and exercise courses for adults.
- Indoor sporting events can hold up to 1,000 people or 50% of the capacity of a venue, whichever is lower, while outdoor events can have a capacity of 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.
- There will be a special regime for large outdoor seating where the crowd can be safely distributed and which will allow up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seating capacity, whichever is lower.
No earlier than June 21st
- Remove any legal restrictions on social contact.
- Reopen the remaining closed settings and enable large events above capacity limits (as of May 17th).
"Very welcome" – response to government announcement
In a statement by the football association it says: "The FA is absolutely delighted to have fans returning soon.
"The game just isn't the same without them and we look forward to seeing the full stadiums return as soon as it's safe and possible."
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England added: "The Prime Minister's Roadmap for the Return of Sport and Physical Activity is very welcome and a clear recognition of how important it is to the country's physical and mental health.
"We know people are desperately trying to get back to the sport they love and the activities they have missed so much and now it's finally in sight."
The Lawn Tennis Association said: "We know that sport plays a key role in supporting the country's physical and mental health, so his return will give the whole country a boost and is very welcome."
"Tennis is clearly an inherently socially distant and safe activity. We would have liked to see the restrictions lifted and advocated immediately. However, our focus now is on venues, coaches, officials and players in preparing for the activities to support." Outdoor tennis returns on March 29th. "
Rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
In Scotland, non-contact outdoor sports such as golf and tennis are currently allowed and the government is hoping to publish an out-of-lock route in the coming week.
Under Wales' current restrictions, sports and recreational facilities are closed but up to four people from two different households can meet to exercise outdoors.
First Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced a slight easing of restrictions in hopes that the stay at home requirement can end within three weeks.
Indoor and outdoor sports facilities are closed in Northern Ireland, where lockdown has been extended until April 1st. The current measures will be reviewed on March 18th.