EFL welcome news fans can return to stadia when lockdown ends

The EFL have welcomed the news football fans have been waiting to hear for a long time.

They issued the following statement regarding the return of fans to stadia:

“The EFL welcomes today’s decision by the Government to allow the return of supporters, capped at 4,000 in tier 1 and 2,000 in tier 2 when the national lockdown ends next week. We now look forward to the re-opening of some EFL Club stadiums as we finally welcome back fans after eight long months away.

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“Whilst today’s news is subject to regional restrictions, it is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.

“The restrictions in place does mean that not all Clubs will get the opportunity straight away to re-open their turnstiles and we still await further guidance from DCMS to understand what areas will be placed in which tier which will not be available until later this week. In the meantime, we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready to return when allowed to do so.

“Having worked closely in developing the appropriate safety guidance in conjunction with DCMS and the SGSA, alongside undertaking a series of pilot events hosting up to 1,000 spectators in September, EFL Clubs have already demonstrated that they are well positioned to deliver the safe return of fans

“Exit analysis shows that those who attended pilot fixtures felt overwhelmingly safe and adhered to the necessary protocols and the EFL will continue its work with Clubs to ensure that they have the most up to-date safety procedures in place to welcome supporters back as soon as the relevant restrictions are lifted.”

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General Manager Tom Allman said: "In accordance with the statement from the EFL and the news coming out of Downing Street this evening, we as a club will continue to work closely with the relevant safety groups to ensure that when safe to do so, we are able to welcome back fans to The People’s Pension Stadium as soon as possible. I would ask fans to be patient whilst we await further news regarding the new tiering system which will ultimately impact the number of fans subsequently allowed back in the stadium."