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PL: Fans to return to stadium on December 2

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Fans will be able to return to football grounds from December 2.

Premier League and Football League matches have been behind closed doors since the outbreak of the virus in the United Kingdom in March.

Only supporters from areas with Tier 1 and Tier 2 restrictions will be able to attend, however, as those based in Tier 3 zones will continue to be shut out.

As the Mirror understands, there will also be significant guidelines in place for stadiums when they reopen.

Clubs will only be allowed to welcome either 50% of their capacity back into their stadium, or a maximum of 4,000 people – whichever number is smaller.

Clubs in Tier 2 areas are able to hold a maximum of 2,000 fans.

But of the Premier League sides, only Brighton and Southampton – both of whom are in Tier 1 – will be given the green light to reach their maximum.

Inside, social distancing guidelines will need to be adhered to as well, in accordance with similar restrictions in place at theatres and concert halls.

Test events have already been held by some clubs successfully in the summer.

The news is a welcome boost to clubs, particularly those in the lower divisions, who rely heavily on gate receipts as a main source of income.

Johnson’s announcement comes on the same day a side at the top end laid bare the impact the pandemic has had on their finances.

Tottenham co-owner Daniel Levy claims that Spurs could lose in the region of £150million of revenue this season if the whole campaign is played out without fans present.

Spurs have already announced losses of more than £60m for the year ending in June, though opening their stadium for just a small number of fans will do little to claw back those costs.

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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