The German government and health officials have given the DFL the green light to resume Bundesliga and 2. Liga matches after May 15th. Most Bundesliga clubs have been training for the better part of the past month at their grounds with strict social distancing guidelines and now the preparations will likely amplify as matches loom. Bayern Munich has already announced that they will be staying at a hotel in Munich ahead of the start of matches and club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his delight with the decision in a statement on the club’s official web site.
In his statement, Rummenigge expressed his gratitude for the DFL and the medical task force that was put into place for coming up with ways to be able to resume play safely as well as the German government:
I would like to thank the politicians for today’s decision, which enables the Bundesliga season to be played to a finish. We are now looking forward to resuming play, ideally from mid-May. This ensures that the sporting decisions are made on the pitch and not in the boardroom. I would like to expressly thank the DFL and the Medicine Task Force for the excellent organisational and medical plans. I appeal to everyone involved to follow the guidelines in these plans, which are the basis for resuming play, in an exemplary and disciplined manner.
Despite the green light starting from May 15th, there is still no official date for when the Bundesliga will resume, but it’s likely that it will be soon thereafter. While everyone’s health and safety still remains the top priority, hopefully the Bundesliga and 2. Liga clubs can start recovering financially with television money now that matches are going to resume. A lot of clubs in both leagues took a massive financial hit, which is part of the reason why Rummenigge and Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke have been advocating for the resumption of matches as soon as safely possible. Insolvency was a worst case scenario for a lot of affected clubs, but with matches being played again, they have a higher chance of economically recovering and surviving.