Up to 4,000 spectators will be allowed to return to outdoor sporting events from December 2, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.
Football fans have been kept away from stadiums since the first lockdown started in March – with just a few exceptions in the months since.
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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, while 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.
Haydock Park Horse racing on December 2 could be the first live sporting event with spectators as we appear to be heading towards a return to normality, with vaccines returning positive results heading into the end of 2020.
Elite football clubs are understood to have protocols in place to reopen stadiums once the green light is given, which means Manchester United could host the first football match with fans on December 2 when PSG visit in the Champions League.
Arsenal play at home to Rapid Vienna the following day and will also hope to return supporters to the Emirates for their Europa League tie.