It appears fans are going to be allowed back into stadiums sooner rather than later, at least in a limited capacity.
According to BBC, a measure has been approved by the UK government that allows up to 4,000 fans back into stadiums provided safety protocols are followed and risk stays low.
A maximum of 4,000 fans will be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the four-week lockdown in England ends on 2 December.
Up to 2,000 people will be allowed in tier two areas but none in tier three.
Indoor venues in tiers one and two can have a maximum of 1,000 spectators, with capacity across indoor and outdoor venues limited to 50%.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium obviously has a massive advantage with the amount of spacing that can be provided to maintain social distancing measures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. There is a tier system in place that will be followed:
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s new measures and Covid-19 restrictions in England on Monday via video link to the House of Commons.
The news of which areas will be in which tiers is expected to be made public on Thursday.
“In tiers one and two, spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing,” said Johnson.
“Later this week, we will announce which areas will fall into which tier - I hope on Thursday - based on analysis of cases in all age groups, especially the over-60s.
“Also, [it will involve] looking at the rate at which cases are rising or falling, the percentage of those tested in a local population who have Covid and current and projected pressures on the NHS.”
We all know the last eight months have been weird to watch in regard to football. No fans at matches is never not going to suck, so to see that the first steps are being taken at a very cautious level is good.
With the news of Tottenham’s revenue being hit especially hard, this is going to be a welcome ruling for the club. Now, this is all dependent on positive cases being low and, eventually, a vaccine being rolled out to allow stadiums more capacity. It needs to be done in slow increments, but this is a big first step.