“We’ll unlock the turnstiles of our sports stadia subject to capacity limits,” Johnson said in his opening speech as he detailed the further easing of lockdown in England. It means larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.
Boris Johnson confirms supporters will be welcomed back to sporting venues from May 17 | Football News The Premier League pushed its penultimate round of matches back to May 18 and 19 so that every club would be able to play one game in front of supporters before the end of the season on May 23.
Boris Johnson confirmed the move for sporting venues to be able to welcome fans back as part of the wider lifting of lockdown restrictions in England from May 17 “Although only a small number of home fans will be at our matches next week, this is an important step in our return to normality.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “It will be brilliant to see fans back. They have been hugely missed and the Premier League has not been the same without them. Their presence will ensure a fantastic finale to the end of our season. In a statement, the Premier League said that it welcomes the further easing of lockdown restrictions and the ramifications of the changes for professional football.
“We will continue to work with the Government and other authorities as our priority is to have full vibrant stadiums – including away supporters – from the start of next season. Only then will we get back to the real Premier League.” The league confirmed last week that the matches will be open to home supporters only.
For smaller outdoor venues, capacities will be capped at 4,000 or 50 per cent, whichever is the lowest. The indoor venue cap will be 1,000 or 50 per cent, whichever is the lowest. The statement added: “Clubs have a proven track record of delivering Covid-safe environments and have plans to ensure the safe return of their fans for fixtures played on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May, and the final day of the season on Sunday 23 May.”
The decision to ease restrictions comes as the country continues to benefit from an accelerating vaccination programme and a fall in deaths and hospitalisations related to Covid-19. The statement added: “Clubs have a proven track record of delivering Covid-safe environments and have plans to ensure the safe return of their fans for fixtures played on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May, and the final day of the season on Sunday 23 May.”
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