The final weekend of the Premier League season could see as many as 10,000 spectators at stadiums under the government’s new lockdown measures.
The news comes as part prime minister Boris Johnson’s latest roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus, which was announced in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.
English stadiums with 40,000 seat capacity will be allowed 10,000 fans and smaller ones will be allowed to be at 25 percent capacity from 17 May at the earliest. The final weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League season is scheduled for 23 May.
The blueprint contains special arrangements for big, outdoor, seating venues where crowds can be dispersed comfortably, allowing for up to 10,000 people or 25% of the available capacity of seats, whichever is lower.
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According to the report, the Football Association have welcomed the move. It’s absolutely great news across the football world, specifically in England.
“The FA is absolutely delighted that fans will be allowed back soon”, the governing body said in a statement. “The game is simply not the same without them and we look forward to the return of full stadia as soon as it is safe and possible”.
Carabao Cup in April could be one of the pilot events as well.
“As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, the EFL wants to see supporters back in our stadia as soon as it is safe to do so and we will continue to work with clubs, DCMS, the SGSA and local authorities to this end,” as said.
“Following a successful fan pilot programme in the autumn, the EFL and member clubs have shown test events for fans can be safely delivered with the appropriate measures in place.
“With the Carabao Cup final taking place on 25 April and the culmination of the regular EFL season on 8 May and 9, we look forward to engaging with the Government about its pilot programme and will be working to welcome as many fans as possible to the Sky Bet play-off finals which will conclude the 2020-21 season on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.”