Plans to ease restrictions on the blockade of England will lead to 10,000 fans to be returned to the stadiums in the Premier League for the last day of the season in May before hosting the matches of the European Championship at Wembley.
Some sports in England may see fans return even earlier in April, the government said Monday as part of pilots including coronavirus tests to assess how events could occur without social distancing from later in the year.
The English football authorities hope that two Wembley matches – the League Cup final on April 25 and the FA Cup final on May 15 – could be a test event for the return of spectators.
The government’s roadmap for the third blockade of England has set May 17 as the earliest day for the implementation of the third stage, which will lead to the wide opening of sports venues for spectators. The Premier League ends on May 23.
Stadiums with more than 40,000 seats, including the home of Premier League leader Manchester City, will allow up to 10,000 fans at a distance. A quarter of the capacity will be allowed in the smaller larger places.
The publication of plans to open the sport to fans is a boost to England’s role in hosting seven matches of the rescheduled Euro 2020 in June and July, including the semi-finals and finals.
“The turnstiles of our sports stadiums will rotate again, and in all cases the capacity will be limited depending on the size of the venue,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. easing the restrictions in the next step. “
The last stage of the government’s plan, in which all legal restrictions on social behavior are removed after 15 months of imprisonment, is set for June 21st. This is a week before the planned start of Wimbledon, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Other leading European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have yet to announce plans for the return of spectators to sports stadiums.
The UK had the deadliest coronavirus epidemic in Europe with more than 120,000 deaths, and the government said lock-up dates could be postponed if infections increased.
However, Britain has run the fastest inoculation campaign in Europe with more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adult population, which has already received the first of two doses of vaccine. The government’s goal is to give each adult one vaccine by July 31st.
All seats were closed to spectators as sports were shut down at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Although it took three months for events to resume, it took longer for the stands to be even partially filled.
Up to 2,000 fans were released back to some English Premier League stadiums in December, but all seats were closed again as restrictions on the coronavirus were tightened later in the month due to the spread of new variants of COVID-19.