Plans to ease England’s locking controls could see 10,000 supporters back into Premier League grounds for the final day of the season in May, ahead of Wembley hosting the European Championships.
The government said on Monday that some games in the UK could see fans returning before April, as part of the pilots involved in the corona virus test, to assess how events could unfold without any social distance from later this year.
English football officials believe the two Showbiz games at Wembley, the League Cup final on April 25 and the FA Cup final on May 15 could be spectacular events for spectator attendance.
The government’s map from the UK’s third lock-in has set May 17 as the opening day for the implementation of the third phase, which will re-open playgrounds to a wider audience. The Premier League ends on May 23.
Stadiums with more than 40,000 seats, including Premier League leader Manchester City, will be allowed at intervals of up to 10,000 fans. Foot capacity will be allowed for smaller key locations.
Plans to reopen the game for fans are an impetus for England’s role in hosting seven matches in Euro 2020, which is scheduled for June and July, including the semi-finals and final.
“The twists and turns of our stadium are subject to capacity limitations depending on the size of the space everywhere,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “We will pilot larger events using more advanced tests, with the aim of further easing controls in the next phase.”
The final phase of the government’s plan to remove all legal restrictions on social behavior after 15 months of closure is set for June 21. This is a week before the scheduled start of Wimbledon, which was canceled last year due to an epidemic. .
Other leading European countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have not yet announced plans to return spectators to the stadiums.
The government has said Britain’s worst corona virus outbreak has killed more than 120,000 people in Britain, and that dates could be postponed to ease locks as infections escalate.
But Britain has Europe’s fastest vaccination campaign with more than 17.5 million people, a third of the country’s adults, already given the first of two dose vaccines. The government aims to vaccinate every adult by July 31.
All venues were closed to spectators since the game closed in March 2020 at the start of the epidemic. It took three months for the events to resume, but it took a long time to get even partially filled.
Up to 2,000 fans were admitted to some Premier League venues in the UK in December, but all venues were closed again later in the month due to the tightening of corona virus restrictions due to the spread of new variants of COVID-19.