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Bundesliga to Resume on May 15th Marking First Major Coronavirus Football Restart

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We’re ten days out from getting to watch live football again.

Borussia Dortmund Training Session Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

According to reports out of Germany today, the Bundesliga has been given the green light to resume playing behind closed doors on May 15th, the date the German top flight had been targeting for a return to action in recent weeks.

The Bundesliga decision is set to be part of a reduction in coronavirus restrictions across Germany in the coming weeks, with Reuters’ Germany office saying larger shops and schools will also begin to reopen in the coming weeks.

Already this week, museums and churches were allowed to reopen, as were service industries like hair dressers—though with strict guidelines on interaction and social distancing—as Germany inches back towards a kind of normalcy.

However, a key to their ability to do so lies in widespread testing and contact tracing, something that countries like England as yet lag far behind on and that could hinder efforts to meet the target of restarting the Premier League in June.

Still, while countries like France and the Netherlands have moved to cancel their professional sporting leagues in recent weeks, Germany is showing that there is real reason for hope that football could soon return elsewhere as well.