Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has claimed that football fans could return to stadiums as early as October this year as he revealed an ease of lockdown measures.
The PM revealed plans of trials to see the return of large gatherings, including sporting events, as the country begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic (Sky Sports).
The last time Spurs played in front of a crowd in England was the 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor on March 7 (BBC).
Pilot tests of large gatherings will take place in sporting stadia with the view to welcome fans back come October with social distancing likely to still be in place.
Johnson said: “We will pilot larger gatherings in venues such as sports stadia with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn. All of these measures, for August 1, should be done in a COVID-secure way.”
“From October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and allow conferences and other business events to recommence, again these changes must be done in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”
Although it remains speculation still, Spurs are unlikely to be able to welcome anywhere near the 62,000 capacity crowd that normally piles into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
NFL team, New England Patriots have already announced they will only be able to host 20% of their maximum capacity and fans will be forced to wear masks and respect social distancing for the upcoming 2020 season (Boston Herald).
Spurs Web Opinion
This is a positive step in the right direction. Yes, it is not back to normal but, for now, it will do. As long as fans respect the regulations put in place to keep them safe then the quicker we will see more and more allowed back to the stadiums.
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