A maximum of 4,000 fans will be allowed back into stadiums in the lowest-risk areas when the current lockdown ends on December 2, Boris Johnson announces.
The Prime Minister revealed in his latest plans that up to 2,000 spectators will be allowed in stadiums in tier two areas. Whilst teams located in tier three areas will have to keep their doors closed for now.
Elite sport was given the go-ahead to continue without fans during the latest lockdown.
All three Merseyside league teams; Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere have not welcomed fans in their stadium since March. The last time being the infamous trip made by Atletico fans to Anfield, just days before professional football ground to a halt.
However, clubs in the seventh tier and below were allowed to host fans at the start of the season.
Local clubs like Marine and Prescot Cables welcomed fans back for a short while, but stricter restrictions and council recommendations dealt another low blow for the financially stricken clubs.
Johnson addressed the nation via video link on Monday evening and outlined the latest plans for moving out of lockdown in December.
“In tiers, one and two, spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing,”.
“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.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was also buoyed by the latest news.
“Bringing grassroots sport back was my number one priority, so I’m pleased we are reopening sports and gyms in every tier, in recognition of the significant health benefits.