Only 1000 fans to be allowed back to stadiums from October 1

Only 1000 fans to be allowed back to stadiums from October 1

Government set to allow only 1000 fans to be allowed back to stadiums from October 1.

The government is set to apply the breaks on the timeline for fans returning to sport next month, with as little as 1,000 spectators allowed back to stadiums instead of the initial plans for up to 30 per cent of a venue.

Provisional guidelines were in place for restrictions to be lifted at elite sporting events from October 1, allowing up to 30 per cent of supporters back to watch live sport.

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Clubs are set to allow just 1,000 fans back into stadiums next month rather than 30 per cent

Nigel Huddleston of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport wrote to fellow Conservative MP and former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to underline the plan to continue to open sporting events for a small number of spectators from October 1.

‘I know how important this is for sports clubs for whom paying spectators are vital,’ Huddleston wrote to Crouch. ‘Subject to public health conditions, we hope to open elite sport fixtures including the National League for socially distanced spectators under covid-secure conditions from October 1.’

Clubs across the world of sport are taking a major financial hit by playing their respective fixtures without fans in attendance.

A report by The Times say that in the Premier League, Tottenham and Aston Villa are particularly frustrated that plans for fans coming back could now be restricted to just 1,000.

There has been a dramatic upturn in Covid-19 cases across the country in the last fortnight, with cases in the United Kingdom passing 3,000 a day at one point last week.