Fans are set to be allowed back into stadiums after lockdown ends at the beginning of December, with the government set to announce the decision on Monday.
There’s been no fans inside for elite sporting occasions, other than very limited trials, since March but that is set to change from December 2nd.
Last week it was reported that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport had drawn up plans for the return of fans from the end of the second UK lockdown, which is set to finish on December 2nd.
Now it is set to be announced that up to 4,000 fans will be allowed inside stadiums, or half of the capacity depending on which is smaller, in tier one areas.
The UK is set to go back into a tiered system, as before the lockdown, on December 2nd and only the areas with the smallest Covid-19 infection rates will be allowed so many spectators.
Tier two areas will be allowed up to 2,000 fans, or half capacity, whilst tier three still won’t be allowed to have any fans in the ground.
Events indoors will be allowed half of the outdoor maximum, meaning up to 2,000 people could be let in to Alexandra Palace for the World Darts Championships at the end of the year, as long as London is in tier one.
Previously it had been expected that a return to crowds would be based on a percentage of the stadium’s capacity but instead it’s set to be a more general limit.
Sport has suffered financially without fans and clubs from several sports have been in danger of ruin without fans being able to return.
There has been frustration in the industry that, before the second lockdown earlier this month, cinemas and theatres had opened to the public but sporting arenas had remained shut.