Despite the coronavirus concerns, Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume (albeit in empty stadiums) over the weekend. Clubs that play in Serie A in Italy and LaLiga in Spain have also begun training as they gear up for a potential season restart in the next couple of weeks. The Premier League is also planning for 'Project Restart' but there is no official Premier League return date being offered by league officials as of May 19, 2020. Despite a potential Premier League return, Merseyside club Everton announced in an official statement that they will offer a refund to their fans who already purchased tickets for the remaining matches of the 2019-20 season.
🎫 | ICYMI - on Sunday we provided an update for supporters regarding 2019/20 refunds, including the various options available.— Everton (@Everton) May 18, 2020
Fans eligible will receive an email on Wednesday to provide details of how to process their refund. #EFC 🔵
On Monday, the Merseyside-based club released an official statement that read "Everton has confirmed all fans with tickets for the Club’s remaining five home Premier League fixtures of the 2019-20 season will be able to claim a refund due to the increasing expectation that - should the remaining games be played - they will take place behind closed doors." The club also announced further refund options for season ticket holders who wish to purchase tickets for next season's matches. The release further added that "Season Ticket Members who may not have renewed for the 20-21 season when the remaining games for the 19-20 season are confirmed will be given the opportunity to request that their refund entitlement be used as a credit towards their renewal for next season." Club officials confirmed that the deadline for renewals, which was earlier on May 23, has been extended until further notice.
League officials have held multiple meetings with interested parties regarding Project Restart but nothing concrete has been achieved at these gatherings, according to reports. There are rumours that league officials are keen for the league to resume at a 'neutral location' in the first few weeks of June. Earlier this week, Premier League clubs reportedly voted to return to group training in the next few days.
As of 9am 17 May, there have been 2,580,769 tests, with 91,206 tests on 16 May.— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) May 17, 2020
1,818,712 people have been tested of which 243,695 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 16 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 34,636 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/cgAUCiIcSZ