Premier league fans will be allowed to return to stadiums in England when the national lockdown ends on December 2.
The Premier League is finalising protocols for supporters to return to grounds following the government’s announcement on Monday and will consider the latest scientific advice at its disposal.
Supporters are expected to adhere to a new code of conduct, with a final decision yet to be made over fans singing, shouting or buying alcohol inside stadia.
A date for a Premier League club meeting to formally approve the new protocols is yet to be confirmed, but the new guidelines will be continually monitored and improved to ensure fan safety as the Premier League remains in regular dialogue with fan groups.
Elite sports clubs and events hosted outdoors will be able to welcome back fans in a reduced capacity when the current lockdown ends on December 2.
The government’s tier system, based on local coronavirus infection rates, will determine the areas in which fans will be able to attend live sport. Areas will be split into Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 – viewed respectively as medium risk, high risk and very high risk of infection.
Outdoor stadiums in Tier 1 will be able to host up to 4,000 fans or 50 per cent of the stadiums’ maximum capacity – whichever number is lower. In Tier 2, the cap is set at 2,000 fans or 50 per cent of the stadiums’ capacity – but stadiums in Tier 3 will have to continue holding fixtures behind closed doors.
Indoor 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.