Premier League clubs are said to be aiming to have 40 per cent of fans to return to stadiums by the start of next season.
England’s top tier returned to action last month following a three-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 crisis, with the season resuming behind-closed-doors to ensure minimal risk.
According to the Independent, however, plans are being put in place for supporters to return to stadiums with hope being that Premier League grounds can open at a 40 per cent capacity ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, which is currently expected to begin on September 12th.
Several safety measures will have to be put into place in order to get government approval, which is likely to include the mandatory wearing of face masks, and an electronic ticketing system to aid Track and Trace policies. It is also said that there will need to be ‘at least’ one seat in between each supporter to comply with social distancing.
There are a number of logistical issues to work out, however, including ‘challenges’ presented to clubs with older stadiums where fans are much more tightly packed in, while there is an issue with fans sat diagonally to each other, a situation which reportedly presents a greater risk of spreading the virus compared to supporters sat directly behind or to the side.
English football’s authorities remain hopeful of securing a staggered return to stadiums for supporters ahead of next season, with those in the lower leagues set to benefit particularly with clubs unable to return until match-day revenue is able to be generated.
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