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IT’S COMING HOME: Fans to return to stadiums from May 17th

 

Prime Minister announces that up to 10,000 fans could return to sports stadiums by mid-May.

The plan to ease lockdown requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met, with the opening of sports stadiums taking place in Stage 3.

The government says it will run a series of 'pilot' events in April and the EFL said it would be "engaging" with the government over the potential for a small number of fans to attend the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on the 25th April.

If the pilots are successful, "up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower" will be allowed in stadiums for sporting events, but not before the 17th of May.

With the FA Cup final taking place on May 15th, it is likely this will be played behind closed doors at Wembley, but fans do have some hope that the final weekend of the Premier League season the following weekend will be played with fans in the ground.

The delayed Euro 2020 competition begins on the 11th of June with Wembley set to host seven matches, including the final on the 11th of July.

 

Cautious Approach

 

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday and later when addressing the nation in a televised press conference, Mr Johnson outlined the plans for spectators returning:

"No earlier than the 17th of May, the turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate, subject in all cases to capacity limits.

"We will pilot larger events using enhanced testing, with the ambition of further easing of restrictions in the next step."

All limits to the reopening of live sport follow the governments plan to use data to guide the country along the road back to normality.

 

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