Premier League Fans May Return In Three Months

Supporters could be allowed inside stadiums to watch the final round of Premier League fixtures on May 23 after the UK government confirmed plans for outdoor events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to resume on May 17, according to ESPN.

The Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on April 26 could also see a small number of paying spectators in attendance if the game is selected to be a test event, which have been authorised to go ahead from April 12.

Aside from a three-week period in December, when Premier League clubs located in areas of low infection rate were able to allow 2,000 fans inside for games, top-flight grounds have been closed to supporters since the UK went into its first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

But on Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed that sporting events will once again be opened up to spectators from mid-May, subject to the infection rate continuing to subside sufficiently during the weeks ahead.

Should the May 17 date go ahead as anticipated, Premier League clubs will be allowed to open up for a maximum of 10,000 fans or 25% of capacity, whichever is the lowest figure.

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