ELITE football in England will continue behind closed doors, despite a new national lockdown being announced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

People living in England have been told to stay at home and schools are shut for most pupils.

However, Premier League, EFL and National League football - along with elite leagues in other sports - will be allowed to carry on.

That will mean that Colchester United will be able to continue playing in League Two, behind closed doors.

The U's home match against Tranmere Rovers was postponed last Saturday, due to Covid-19 cases.

However, Colchester's players and staff all returned negative Covid tests, after mandatory testing took place at the JobServe Community Stadium, on Monday.

It would be financially damaging for clubs, particularly in the EFL, if the season were to be curtailed.

The Premier League's latest round of testing saw 28 positive coronavirus cases recorded.

And with Covid cases on the rise and hospital admissions, it has prompted some to question whether or not it is wise to continue sport, in the current circumstances.

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