Southport FC secured an FA Cup victory over Morpeth Town

Southport Football Club matches and other professional sport in England can still go ahead behind closed doors, despite a new national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson tonight. 

The Sandgrounders’ next fixture is at home against Darlington this Saturday (9 January).

Exercising outside is allowed once a day, but venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses must close.

People living in England have this evening been told to stay at home and schools and colleges will shut for most pupils from Tuesday (5 January).

On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row.

Following Monday’s announcement by the prime minister, this week’s sporting fixtures in England are set to go ahead as planned.

In football, the Carabao Cup semi-finals are being played on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the FA Cup third round – which has 32 fixtures spanning four days – starts on Friday.

There are also several Women’s Super League, English Football League and National League games set to take place, as well as English Premiership and Premier 15s rugby union matches, plus the Masters snooker event in Milton Keynes.

Earlier on Monday, Rochdale chief executive David Bottomley said he believes it is “inevitable” that the EFL will have to temporarily suspend fixtures because of rising coronavirus cases.

Seven of last Saturday’s EFL games – and 52 across the season – have been called off as teams are affected by the virus.

Four Premier League matches have also been postponed this season because of coronavirus cases.


What does the new lockdown mean for sport in England?


  • Elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) – or those on an official elite sports pathway – to compete and train
  • Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed
  • Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close
  • Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue

Where can I exercise and who can I exercise with?

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with one person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

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