The Premier League has completed its negotiations with the United Kingdom Government, enabling four thousand supporters to enter stadiums in “Low-Risk Regions” of Great Britain. Spectators haven’t seen footballers compete in-person since March 2020 & will welcome this announcement with excitement. December 2nd will mark the date when spectators are allowed back into stadiums, with Covid Protocols being enacted & limited capacity permitted to guarantee outbreaks aren’t sustained in low-risk areas. The announcement of spectators being permitted into stadiums again was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on November 23rd.
Covid-19 Restrictions are required for each stadium permitted to have spectators. Supporters must be located from the football club’s respective city, meaning neighbouring spectators cannot enter stadiums & will be asked to return home. Low-risk areas under the tier one designation can support four thousand spectators, with tier two locations enabling a maximum of two thousand supporters. Any areas in Great Britain under the 3rd tier cannot permit stadiums to reopen until cases are lowered.
Matches for the Premier League & English Football League continued with closed doors until November 1st, where they expected supporters could re-enter stadiums. Boris Johnson would unexpectedly announce an extension on the lockdown, forcing sporting venues to return pre-booked tickets & cancel their live matches with spectators. It was a disappointing announcement made by PM Boris Johnson, which saw a prominent level of backlash from supporting football fans.
UK Returning to Normal
An official statement was issued by Boris Johnson regarding what’s allowed & what isn’t with the updated lockdown measures. It was confirmed that national restrictions will be lowered by December 2nd, with wedding services & outdoor sports permitter to resume operations country-wide. Johnson did mention that the Public Health Service will increase their enforcement nationwide and require regular testing for individuals that support Covid-19 symptoms. It means that life is returning somewhat to normal in Great Britain but will still have its challenges going forward.
It should be mentioned that the UK Government hasn’t determined which locations in Britain are tier one, tier two, or two three. An official vote is being held on November 26th to decide which areas have low cases & which jurisdictions are near outbreak level.