The European Championships gave us all a glimpse of what it will be like to get back to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cities like London and Budepest were able to host full, or near-full crowds of fans. On Tuesday, the climax of the NBA Finals in Milwaukee saw 17,000 fans attend.
However, recent events highlight that Covid-19 isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, we might have to suffer one more lockdown situation before we truly return to normal.
Yesterday, Arsenal confirmed the cancellation of their pre-season tour of Florida due to positive cases in the team.
Rising cases in both Florida and the U.K contributed to the decision. With the U.K reopening, against the scientific advice, expect the Covid-19 delta variant to wreak havoc on more English teams in the coming months.
The Delta variant is the most infectious variant yet, and is of particular danger to the unvaccinated. As a result, it’s a race against time to get the population fully vaccinated before the number of cases becomes unmanageable again.
The reality is we are looking at restrictions, outdoor socialising and reduced capacities until 2022. The medical advice is still to observe all the safety precautions including wearing masks, social distancing and limiting your movements.
What does this mean for the new Premier League season? It could well be even harder on the players than last year. They will be carrying the fatigue from the most challenging year ever, with no let up in the schedule. As well as that, Covid-19 will still cause disruptions throughout the year, and probably into the season after.