Barring a further worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next six weeks, the Premier League have been given a “tentative green light” by the UK government to go ahead and resume the season with closed-doors games sometime in June.
That’s the decision from a meeting between the league and the government, according to the Mirror, with clear emphasis that this is all just tentative and dependent entirely on the progress of the disease. The UK government apparently expects that the peak of the coronavirus outbreak is “close” and that “things will improve by the middle of April”.
In Friday’s meeting, the league reportedly told the clubs to start making plans for this possible June return, which would include the restart of training sometime in May.
Should the league be able to resume in two months, games would still be expected to be played behind closed doors (unless the situation improves “dramatically”), possibly in a tournament style to keep players as isolated as possible, with all games televised and some maybe even free-to-air on terrestrial TV.
Obviously, this is far from set in stone, and the issue will have to be revisited regularly and repeatedly in the following weeks and months, both to hammer out the details of what any of this may actually look like, and to re-assess the overall situation regarding the pandemic and the possibility of this plan.