United Kingdom government has given the Premier League the green light to resume behind closed doors from June 1.
Cultural and sporting events will be allowed to take place without fans to avoid the risk of large-scale social contact but they will be broadcast.
The Premier League are meeting today to discuss how to proceed.
Although the decision on whether to resume the campaign on June 12 will not be subject to a formal vote today.
Clubs remain split over the details of ‘Project Restart’ but those in favour of a swift return will have been buoyed by today’s Government guidelines.
Despite the increased likelihood of televised football, match-going fans could wait more than a year before being allowed back into stadiums to watch their team.
PM Boris Johnson and his Government believe it is unlikely to be safe to stage events with crowds until a Covid-19 vaccine is found.
They will not even consider it until September at the earliest — and that could be extended even further until a vaccine is discovered.
This will be crushing news for football clubs who will have to prepare for at least half of next season behind closed doors.
And it will mean certain closure for some teams who will be unable to continue.
Professor Chris Whitty, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, warned on April 22 that chances of having a vaccine within a calendar year were “incredibly small”.