Fans likely for England outdoor events


England back with reduced capacity Image: Arsenal London

A maximum of 4,000 fans will, in all likelihood, be permitted at outdoor events in England in the lowest-risk areas when the four-week national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

The Government’s new rules will bring fresh ray of hope for staunch soccer supporters who have not been able to see their favorite heroes in action live since COVID-19 thumped the world. Several smaller clubs are in acute financial distress.

Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson, in a statement via video link to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon outlined, “The initiative will allow as many as 4,000 fans in ‘tier one’ areas in outdoor sports venues and events stadiums, and 2,000 fans in ‘tier two’ areas. In both tiers one and two, the crowd is also limited to 50 percent of the venue’s maximum capacity. In those tiers, there will be a limit of 1,000 people at indoor venues, or 50 percent of the capacity. No live spectators will be allowed at all in ‘tier three’ regions where the restrictions are the toughest.”

Johnson added, “In tiers one and two, spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing. Later this week, we will announce which areas will fall into which tier – I hope on Thursday – based on analysis of cases in all age groups, especially the over-60s. Also, [it will involve] looking at the rate at which cases are rising or falling, the percentage of those tested in a local population who have COVID and current and projected pressures on the National Health Service (NHS).”

Elite sports in United Kingdom have continued behind closed doors, but grassroots and amateur sport has been halted since November 5th.

Johnson was speaking to give a quick rundown on new measures as part of the Government’s new COVID-19 restrictions in England which again saw resurgence with a vengeance.

MPs will vote on the plans later in the week.

The tiers will be tougher than those in force in England before it started a month-long lockdown for November, but will ease briefly for the holiday season.

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