Fans set to return to sporting events when lockdown ends on 2 December

Fans set to return to sporting events when lockdown ends on 2 December

November 23, 2020

Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed to attend outdoor sporting events when lockdown comes to an end on 2 December, but only in the lowest-risk areas of the country.

Boris Johnson is due to make an announcemnt on how regulations will change at the end of lockdown on Monday afternoon and the BBC reports that this change will be one of them

This will see up to a maximum of 4,000 fans, or 50 percent of capacity, whichever is lower at outdoor events in Tier 1, with up to 2,000 fans, or 50 percent capacity, able to watch events in Tier 2, but Tier 3 still not an option.

The Daily Mail reports that fans will also be allowed at indoor events, with up to 2,000 in Tier 1 (or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is lower) and 1,000 in Tier 2 (or 50 per cent, whichever is lower).

Which tier each area is in is expected to be announced on Thursday.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, told talkSPORT last week that this change was a possibility.

‘There is definitely a chance [of that happening]. Obviously in all of this we have to be guided by scientific evidence,’ Dowden said on fans returning in December.

‘We’re in close discussions with the centre of government about what we could do as we go back into the tiering system to see whether there’s a possibility in the lower risk areas.

‘If we can just open the door ajar a little bit and start to prove in the lower risk areas that we can make this work then I’d love for us to be able to do that.

‘After December 2 we will go back into the tiers and I have to warn you that the tiers are going to have to be pretty tough to keep this [virus] under control.

‘But I’m certainly making the case for fans to start coming back in a safe way as part of that process. I hope to be successful [with that bid].

‘We’re also looking at [the possibility] as we roll out further testing – we’ve got more and more of these available – a real opportunity to incentivise people by saying if you take the COVID-19 test then you can go safely into stadiums and watch matches.’

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