The stadiums will be allowed to reopen from December 2 once the second coronavirus lockdown eases.
SportsMayto The Ministry of Culture, Information and Sports revealed, on Tuesday, that it had submitted proposals to the Cabinet Office for the return of fans to the stadiums in December for the first time since March.
But now 4,000 spectators are set to be allowed – or 50 percent of the stadium capacity for outdoor events, depending on which one is lower – in Tier 1 areas plus 2,000 or 50 percent of capacity for indoor events is also due to allow.
Areas in Tier 2 will also be permitted to receive 2,000 spectators or 50 percent of the capacity of the stadium outdoors, again depending on the lowest number, and 1,000 fans or 50 percent of the capacity indoors.
Areas that move directly to Level 3 will still have to adhere to a sporting event ban for all fans.
Boris Johnson is set to release an announcement later on Monday detailing the long-awaited return of spectators to live sporting events.
He will make a statement to the House of Commons, and lawmakers vote on it later in the week.
The stadiums will be allowed to reopen from December 2 once the second shutdown is relaxed
Boris Johnson is set to announce details of the Level 1 and 2 zones on Monday
Elite sports continued behind closed doors during the four-week lockdown, while popular and amateur sports have ceased since November 5.
But the prime minister’s announcement may testify that the Haydock Park Horse races on December 2 may be the first live sporting event for spectators to attend.
Horse racing is scheduled to be held every day until Christmas, except for December 23 and 24.
The British Horseracing Authority is preparing to welcome the news that race goers can return as soon as the government confirms the details.
There are four meetings scheduled for December 2 in Hydeock Park in Merseyside, Kamppton Park and Lingfield in Surrey and Ludlow in Shropshire.
Meanwhile, in all four divisions of professional football in England, clubs insist they are ready to reopen the gates, once they get the green light from the government.
“I’d like to see our supporters [in Turf Moor] “There was a test event in December,” said Burnley CEO Neil Hart, whose club would host Wolverhampton on December 19 and Sheffield United on December 28.
“Our fans are desperate to come back and stand behind Sean Daiichi and the team. Supporters tell us how much they miss her. There’s huge mental well-being.” [issue] Football is a big part of our lives.
If the return is allowed, then Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain and Rapid Vienna’s visit to Arsenal could be the first professional football events in this country.
However, Sportsmail It is understood that the government has not contacted the clubs about plans to return fans to the stadiums, even those who have equipment in the first few days after the lockdown will be lifted.
A club source said: “The clubs do not know what they will mean exactly and they strive to obtain as much information as possible.”
The Haydock Park Horse Race on December 2 may be the first sporting event for spectators to attend
Areas in Level 2 will also be allowed to receive up to 2,000 spectators and 4,000 spectators
Nevertheless, clubs at all levels of professional football have made a great deal of preparations for the return of fans, including making their stadiums ready for cashless payments, planning for spectacular comers, and social distancing at the stadiums.
The rugby union has also been hit hard by the absence of fans but has taken the most from the government’s £ 300m bailout announced last week, but some matches in England may be allowed to bring back fans.
The Bristol Bears’ confrontation with Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate could be the first Premier League match to welcome back to the fans.
The Man United match against Paris Saint-Germain could be the first football match that fans attended
Rugby union has also suffered as a result of the shutdown but may see fans return soon
The news is timely given that Macclesfield Town ended up over two months ago – fueling fears that other clubs will follow suit in the coming months.
The 146-year-old National League team, which fell from the second league last season, was forced into liquidation at a Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday over debts totaling £ 500,000 and became the first club to withdraw during the pandemic.
It is understood that at least ten clubs from the English Football League will need an emergency loan to pay employees’ salaries this month, with ten more believed to be teetering on the brink in December.
The Bristol Bears’ confrontation with Northampton at Ashton Gate could be their first Premier League match
In previous Test events, Brighton hosted 2,524 fans in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea, and nine Premier League matches were restricted to 1,000 fans.
Danny MacLean, CEO of Leyton Orien, welcomed the potential return of the fans, tweeting: “ It’s looking good about the return of fans – it’s clear we’re all waiting for government guidance on what level BreyerGStadium will be.
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