Fans to return to English stadiums from next month

Fans will be able to attend stadium events in England when the national shutdown ends on December 2, says Boris Johnson.

Fans will be able to return to the soccer fields beginning December 2, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to confirm new measures against the coronavirus on Monday.

Premier League and Football League matches have been held behind closed doors since the virus outbreak in the UK in March.

However, only supporters from Level 1 and Level 2 restricted areas will be allowed to attend, as those in Level 3 zones will remain excluded.

As the Mirror understands, there will also be important guidelines for stadiums when they reopen.

Clubs will only be able to welcome 50 percent of their capacity into their stadium, or a maximum of 4,000 people, whichever is less.

Clubs in Level 2 areas can host a maximum of 2000 fans.

But of the Premier League teams, only Brighton and Southampton, both at Tier 1, will be given the green light to reach their maximum.

Indoors, social distancing guidelines will also need to be adhered to, in accordance with similar restrictions in place at theaters and concert halls.

Some clubs have already held successful test events during the summer.

The news is a welcome boost for clubs, particularly those in the lower divisions, who rely heavily on gate revenue as their main source of income.

Johnson’s announcement comes on the same day that a side on the higher end exposed the impact the pandemic has had on its finances.

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