Boris Johnson Confirms Spectators Allowed To Return To Premier League Matches Starting Next Week: Prime Minister confirms supporters set to be allowed back into stadiums starting December 2
Although the Premier League managed to make a way back into England’s sporting circuit amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, spectators have still been asked to stay away from the game. The last five months have seen the showpiece league be conducted without supporters as the country fights to restrict the spread of the disease.
A second wave of COVID cases meant new lockdown measures were ingrained in place, meaning the wait for spectators at Premier League matches extended. However, inroads seem to have been made to allow supporters back in stadiums with UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson confirming that stadiums will be allowed to welcome back supporters once the ongoing lockdown ends.
Boris Johansson Confirms Spectator Return Starting December 2
Speaking at the House of Commons earlier in the day, Johnson confirmed that the move was part of the Covid Winter Plan measures being roped in by the government to cover the upcoming festive period in the country.
The Prime Minister said: “In Tier 1 and Tier 2 spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing providing more consistencies with theatres and concerts.”
The government has adopted a cautious approach towards reopening stadiums and sporting venues with staggered entries being allowed as part of a three tier system. The system will see each region across the country be placed in one of the three tiers depending on the severity and number of cases in the region.
Three Tier System
In Tier 1 areas – those considered the lowest risk – either 4,000 fans or 50 per cent of a stadium’s capacity, whichever is lower – will be allowed back.
For indoor events, 2,000 fans or 50 per cent of capacity can return to indoor events.
Tier 2 areas will adhere to the same rules but at half the same rate, while Tier 3 areas will have to continue with sporting events played behind closed doors.
As per the new rules, clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool could all have to wait longer to open their gates with the areas coming under tier 3.
The new rules could see Arsenal’s Europa League encounter against Rapid Vienna become the first match to welcome back supporters. The derby clash between Tottenham and Arsenal at the Tottenham Stadium on December 5 could become the first Premier League to see supporters grace the concourses once again.
Haydock Park Horse racing on December 2 could be the first sporting event to see people trickle back into a sporting event in the country meanwhile.
The latest development comes as a massive sigh of relief for both the Premier League and Championship clubs who have suffered gargantuan losses since March due to a complete blanket ban.