Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed to attend outdoor sports events under socially distanced restrictions in tier one areas, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Any venue that is located in an area with the lowest infection rates across the country will be allowed to welcome up to 4,000 fans to events in what will be a tiered return to sporting venues.
Areas subjected to Tier 2 restrictions will be allowed up to 2,000 supporters in attendance, while those subjected to the harshest restrictions in tier 3 will be forced to remain closed off from the public until the region’s virus numbers are brought under control.
The new restrictions, which will be introduced from the end of lockdown on 2 December, will be in place until the end of March, with tiers reviewed by law every 14 days, Johnson has confirmed.
Johnson said that “in Tiers 1 and 2, spectator sports will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing providing.”
English Premier League matches have continued behind closed doors during the lockdown announced on November 1. Supporters have not been allowed into sporting venues since the first lockdown was announced in March, barring a few exceptions.
“I can confirm the national restrictions will end on Dec. 2… People can leave their home, subject to the rule of six,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement to the House of Commons.
“Wedding services, outdoor sports can resume. Leisure can resume. Sports will be able to resume inside in tier one and two with measures on social distancing.
“Enforcement will be strengthened with new powers to close down premises that pose a risk to public health.”
Members of Parliament are set to cast a vote on plans before they are confirmed and the government will announce on Thursday which areas will go into which tier.
Indoor sport and physical activity will also resume but with some restrictions on activities due to the higher transmission risk of the novel coronavirus.
Organised grassroots sport will resume from Dec. 2 and gyms and leisure centres will be able to reopen across all tiers.
“This is a big step forward for sport. Bringing grassroots sport back was my number one priority,” Dowden said.