Limited number of fans allowed back at stadiums from next month

A limited number of spectators back into venues in lower-risk areas when the second national lockdown ends next week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined plans for a return to a regionalised tier system from December 2 to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Outdoor venues in tier one areas – those considered lowest risk – will be permitted to admit up to 4,000 spectators to an event or allow 50% capacity, whichever is lower.

Outdoor venues in tier two would be permitted to admit up to 2,000 fans or 50% capacity, whichever is lower, while the caps were 2,000 and 1,000 respectively for indoor venues in tiers one and two.

Clarity is expected over which areas will be placed into the respective tiers on Thursday.

Venues in the highest-risk tier-three areas will still not be allowed to permit spectators, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

The DCMS has also confirmed plans for grassroots sports to return.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is a big step forward for sport. Bringing grassroots sport back was my number one priority so I’m pleased we are re-opening sports and gyms in every tier, in recognition of the significant health benefits.

“I’m also delighted we are able to get the turnstiles turning sooner than expected, taking a cautious approach and starting with the lowest risk areas first. I’m confident that sports will take every step to ensure their fans are safe, and fans will play their part and look out for each other until we can safely get everyone back in.”

Fans will also be able to attend non-elite sports events in line with relevant guidance for each tier.

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