Clubs in London, Liverpool set to welcome back fans next week
Premier League – Newcastle United v Chelsea – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – November 21, 2020 General view of the Nike Flight match ball [Reuters, Alex Pantling]

Fans of Premier League clubs in London and Liverpool can attend games when a month-long national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 is lifted on Dec. 2, after the two cities were among those classified on Thursday as falling into high alert regions.

Up to 4,000 spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor elite sports events in the lowest-risk medium alert areas of England, the British government said on Monday.

Liverpool City Region and all 32 boroughs of London plus the city of London will fall under the high alert zone and clubs in those areas can welcome up to 2,000 supporters.

Several other regions in England with Premier League clubs can also bring back fans including Brighton and Southampton.

However, clubs in Manchester will have to wait longer after Greater Manchester was classified as being in the very high alert zone in a list published by the government on Thursday.

Clubs in London, Liverpool set to welcome back fans next week
Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the championship title of the English Premier League following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City, outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on june 25, 2020. – Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

The return of supporters following an eight-month absence due to COVID restrictions means clubs must ensure local safety advisory groups are consulted and have given the go ahead.

Clubs also have to bring stadium staff back to work for the games, including safety officers who may have been furloughed.

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