Report: EPL Fans to return to stadiums in December
EPL fans return to stadiums: Football (and other sports) supporters would be allowed to stadiums in England when the country’s national lockdown ends on December 2.
According to the UK government, via skysports reports, outdoors stadiums in tier 1, areas considered to be medium risk by the Government would be allowed to hold up to 4,000 socially-distanced fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer.
Outdoor stadiums in tier 2 areas – viewed to be high risk – can welcome up to 2,000 spectators or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer.
Indoors stadiums in tiers 1 and 2 will be allowed to host up to 1,000 fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer.
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However, both indoor and outdoors stadiums in tier 3 areas, considered as very high risk – will have to continue to hold events behind closed doors.
The news has been greeted with a hearty welcome from the country’s football governing body — as the English Football League (EFL) described the announcement as “crucial to address the significant revenue gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
A statement from the EFL read: “Whilst today’s news is subject to regional restrictions, it is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.
“Having worked closely in developing the appropriate safety guidance alongside undertaking a series of pilot events hosting up to 1,000 spectators in September, EFL clubs have already demonstrated that they are well positioned to deliver the safe return of fans.
“Exit analysis shows that those who attended pilot fixtures felt overwhelmingly safe and adhered to the necessary protocols and the EFL will continue its work with clubs to ensure that they have the most up-to-date safety procedures in place to welcome supporters back as soon as the relevant restrictions are lifted.”