Coronavirus: Fans to be allowed into stadiums in England at end of lockdown

Supporters will be permitted to attend events in stadiums in England when the national lockdown ends on December 2, says Boris Johnson.

The decision will provide a major boost to governing bodies, which have been forced to postpone events or hold them behind closed doors during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as individual clubs that have been trying to survive without revenue from ticket sales.

Stadiums in Tier 1 areas - deemed to be low risk by the Government - will be allowed to hold up to 4,000 socially-distanced fans, or half of their maximum capacity if the ground holds less than 8,000 people.

Stadiums in Tier 2 areas - viewed to be medium risk - can welcome up to 2,000 spectators, or half of their maximum capacity if they hold less than 4,000 people.

But grounds in Tier 3 areas - the highest risk - will have to continue to hold events behind closed doors.

The Prime Minister warned, however, the Government's coronavirus tier system will be strengthened when the national lockdown ends on December 2, meaning more areas will fall into higher tiers than previously.

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Outdoor grassroots sport to resume from December 2

Outdoor grassroots sport will be allowed to resume in England when the national lockdown ends.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the news in a virtual statement to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, outlining plans for a relaxation of restrictions from December 2.

Outdoor sport for all ages will be permitted, even in areas most affected by the Government's Covid-19 tier system.

This will include golf courses, tennis courts and football clubs - and gyms will also be able to re-open.

Grassroots and amateur sport has been suspended since November 5.

Source: Sky Sports / Joe Shread

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