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The Government are considering a surprise plan to allow small groups of supporters back at Premier League and Football League stadiums by Christmas.
That’s according to the Telegraph, who report that Downing Street is contemplating this new blueprint as part of the post-lockdown restrictions.
When Boris Johnson announced the second national lockdown of the year, he said things will somewhat return to normality on December 2, when the lockdown curfew is lifted.
Now, proposals considered by the Government after meetings with the Cabinet Office and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport would originally only be conducted in tier 1 areas.
However, if the plan goes well, then there is a possibility that fans will be allowed into stadiums based in tier 2 locations.
Before the recent national lockdown was imposed, Greater Manchester had been placed into tier 3, the highest alert level on the spectrum.
But prior to this, the region and its 10 boroughs had been in tier 2, though local lockdowns in Bolton and Oldham were put in place due to spikes in coronavirus infections in both areas.
The current national lockdown in England is poised to run until December 2.
The football industry has been without supporters in the UK since March – when the first lockdown was confirmed – and clubs from all over the country are suffering massively as a result of losing their matchday income.
Football fans have become increasingly frustrated that, in some industries, spectators are allowed inside a venue – even if it is located inside.
The Football Supporters’ Association, when referring to arts venues like the London Palladium having 5,000 spectators back in October, claimed there was “zero logic” in this.
This is something that Oliver Dowden, who is the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, acknowledged.
If these blueprints do come into fruition, then it is a massive step for football returning to what it used to be pre-pandemic, and if it does indeed work, then more and more supporters could be allowed into the stadium as time progresses, the report claims.