Up to ten thousand fans could be back in stadiums by mid-May as part of the government’s plans to move England out of lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown.
Outdoor sports, including football, golf, and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from 29th March. The plan to ease lockdown requires four tests on vaccines, infection rates and new coronavirus variants to be met.
“The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate,” said Johnson. In an address to the nation on Monday, the Prime Minister stressed the roll-out of the UK’s vaccination programme had allowed the government to draw up this pathway, but the final decisions would be made “on data.”
Leisure centers, gyms and swimming pools can open from 12th April. Venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses have been closed across England since lockdown was announced on 4th January.
The government says it will run a series of “pilot” events in April and the English Football League (EFL) said it would be “engaging” with the government over the potential for a small number of fans to attend the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on 25th April.
If the pilots are successful, up to ten thousand people or twenty-five per cent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower, will be allowed in stadiums for sporting events, but not before 17th May.