COVID-19: The last two rounds of Premier League matches open only to home supporters

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COVID-19: The last two rounds of Premier League matches open only to home supporters


Only home fans will be able to watch the final rounds of Premier League matches, the league said – pending confirmation of the next step in the government’s COVID roadmap.

Up to 10,000 supporters will be allowed to participate in round 37 matches on May 18-19 and round 38 on May 23.

However, a decision has been made to limit this to home spectators.

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General view outside the stadium ahead of the game as thousands of fans return to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final as part of the trial of the coronavirus events

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“After consultation with the clubs, it was agreed that the matches would not be open to away supporters due to the different operational challenges in the league and the need to provide a coherent approach, while maximizing the opportunities for the participation of the players. home supporters, ”said a statement from the league.

“The safety and security of supporters is of paramount importance. Clubs have a proven track record in providing safe environments against COVID and have operational plans in place ready to safely welcome supporters to their stadiums. “

Last week, the league confirmed that fixtures were postponed to give each club the opportunity to host a home game with supporters before the end of the season.

Round 37 will now take place in the middle of the week and the final games of the season will begin on May 23 at 4 p.m., as scheduled.

Last month, thousands of fans came back to Wembley stadium during the FA Cup semi-final in a coronavirus trial.

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Partiers dance to live music at Sefton Park in Liverpool. The event did not require a face mask or social distancing

Tied between Leicester City and Southampton, 4,000 supporters were allowed in the stands – around 6% of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity.

On the same day, spectators were able to watch the World Snooker Championship and two concerts were held in Liverpool.

And on May 1, the clubbers have returned to the dance floor as part of a pilot event in Liverpool.

Some 6,000 people attended the First Dance event, which took place over two nights at the city’s Circus warehouse nightclub.

On May 15 – two days before the government will further facilitate the lockdown – the FA Cup final at Wembley will take place with 21,000 fans.

Anyone who attends any of the test events will be required to prove that they have tested negative on the Lateral Flow Test (LFT) within the last 36 hours.

They will also have to take a PCR test in the laboratory five days later.

All participants will have consented to participate in the government research program, and testing and traceability data will be shared with local authorities to detect any outbreaks as a result of the events.

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