Sports fans in England have been given a major boost with the news that they will be allowed to return to stadiums and venues from May 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his road map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions on Monday.
Fans have been prohibited from attending sporting venues since the scrapping of the tier system in December.
But there is renewed hope that things will start to return to some kind of normality in this country, sooner rather than later, after the May benchmark was put in place.
Indoor events will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000, whichever is lower, while there will be a maximum of 4,000 people will be allowed to attend smaller outdoor events.
Up to 10,000 people or a quarter of the capacity, whichever is smaller, will be permitted in the largest venues like Wembley.
Meanwhile, the government have also confirmed they will run a series of pilots from April using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes.
This means that events such as the League Cup final at Wembley (April 25), Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park (May 8) and FA Cup final at Wembley (May 15) could have fans in attendance.
The proposals do rule out of the possibility of any supporters attending regular-season fixtures in the EFL, but that won’t be the case for those teams that make the play-offs.
In a statement on Monday, the EFL said it hoped ‘as many fans as possible’ would be able to attend the divisional play-off finals at the end of May.
Under the current guidelines it would also mean thousands of fans flocking through the turnstiles for the final weekend of the Premier League season on May 23.
The prospect of relocating the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa to the UK and Ireland has also moved a step closer as a result of the latest government announcement.
With England’s legal limits on social contact set to end by June 21, that clearly changes the landscape on this topic altogether.
So, in light of that, could Anthony Joshua’s highly anticipated all-British showdown with Tyson Fury also take place in the UK?
As things stand, possible venues for this grudge match could be Wembley, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the London Stadium, if the bout is not abroad.
And let’s not forget Euro 2020… England have a Wembley triple-header against Croatia (June 13), Scotland (June 18) and Czech Republic (June 23) within the space of just 11 days.
The Telegraph claim senior FA figures have identified 24,000 spectators as a reasonable attendance for the ‘Battle of Britain’ showdown – which takes place three days before social distancing rules are set to be removed – and will push the Government to sanction it.
So what other sporting events can UK fans start looking forward to attending? talkSPORT.com takes a look below…
Major UK sporting events this summer (from May 17)
May 22: Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley (Football)
May 29-31 – Championship Play-Off Final, League One Play-Off Final, League Two Play-Off Final – dates to be confirmed (Football)
June 11-July 11: Euro 2020 scheduled to take place across 12 venues – final at Wembley (Football)
June 13: England vs Croatia (Football)
June 15-19: Royal Ascot (Horse Racing)
June 18: England vs Scotland (Football)
June 22: Czech Republic vs England (Football)
June 28-July 11: Wimbledon (Tennis)
June 29, July 1 and 4: England v Sri Lanka ODIs (Cricket)
July 8,10,13: England v Pakistan ODIs (Cricket)
July 13: Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium (Athletics)
July 15 and 18: The Open at Royal St George’s (Golf)
July 16, 18 and 20: England v Pakistan T20s (Cricket)
July 17: Challenge Cup final at Wembley (Rugby League)
July 18: British Grand Prix (Formula One)
July-August: The Hundred (Cricket)