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Chair responds to announcement on outdoor grassroots sports

23 November 2020

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chair Julian Knight responds to the Prime Minister's Covid-19 update in the Commons today. 

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

"The Prime Minister's announcement today that the ban on outdoor grassroots sports and gyms will be lifted under the tiered system is a step in the right direction.

"Community sport is a vital part of our resilience against this pandemic, helping people stay physically as well as mentally fit during such a difficult period.

"This will be welcome news for clubs, communities and individuals who’ve suffered under the blanket ban, but it is only a small step. Any limitation on operating at capacity puts our teams, clubs and venues at risk. Today’s partial reopening won’t be enough for many. We await the full details of these proposals as we continue to investigate the long-term survival of community sport in our current inquiry.”

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