Tottenham Hotspur fans will have to wait longer before they are able to attend matches at the club’s brand new stadium.
Plans for stadiums across the country to be allowed to be up to a third full from October 1st to watch live sport in a staged return will be paused in the Government’s bid to help curb the increase of COVID-19 cases.
Cabinet office minister Michael Gove confirmed the news this morning after the UK’s COVID-19 alert level moved to 4 with new measures expected to be set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later today.
“We were looking at a staged programme of more people returning – it wasn’t going to be the case that we were going to have stadiums thronged with fans,” Gove told BBC Breakfast.
“We’re looking at how we can, for the moment, pause that programme, but what we do want to do is to make sure that, as and when circumstances allow, get more people back.
“The virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors but again it’s in the nature of major sporting events that there’s a lot of mingling.”
Tottenham have been playing their matches behind closed doors since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed back in March.
Earlier this month, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters stressed the importance of allowing fans back inside stadiums as soon as possible, otherwise, it could cost top flight clubs to the tune of £700million during the current campaign (BBC).
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