Boris Johnson ends hope British fans could return to live sport in October

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from October 1, will not go ahead.

The plans were placed under review after a rise in coronavirus cases.

The UK's COVID-19 alert level has moved to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially".

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In an address to the Commons today, he announced new restrictions for the country and those included the halting of the phased return of fans.

The Prime Minister also said current restrictions are likely to remain in place for the next six months.

The pilot programme, which was to trial events of up to 1,000 spectators, has also been paused.

The majority of sports in England have been played behind closed doors since the coronavirus lockdown in March, including Premier League football, the FA Cup final, England's Test cricket matches and two Formula 1 races at Silverstone.