Fans allowed back into Premier League stadiums

The UK government have announced that up to 4,000 spectators will be allowed to enter open-air stadiums again after the end of the UK lockdown on December 2.

Premier League fans will once again be able to watch their clubs in action before Christmas if they fall into the tiers 1 or 2. 

The UK government has set up different tiers throughout the UK from low risk to high risk depending on the situation of the Coronavirus in that area. 

Tier 1 deemed to be a medium risk by the government will be able to allow 4,000 socially distanced fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer. 

Tier 2 deemed to be high risk can welcome 2,000 fans or half of their maximum capacity, depending on which is fewer. 

Tier 3 not allowed fans in stadiums.

The UK Prime Minister has warned, however, the Government’s coronavirus tier system will be strengthened when the national lockdown ends on December 2nd, meaning more areas will fall into higher tiers than previously. 

Currently, the only Premier League clubs allowed fans back into stadiums are Arsenal, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham and West Ham. 

All of the above clubs fall into tier 2, so only allowing 2,000 fans to attend. 

There are currently only 3 areas in the UK that fall under Tier 1 and they are Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Weight. All of have no Top diversion teams. 

A statement from the English Football League 8EFL) 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.”

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