For the first time since the global outbreak of the Coronavirus, spectators will be allowed into football stadiums in England from December 2 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday.
Premier League and Football League matches have been behind closed doors since the outbreak of the virus in the UK in March.
Only supporters from areas with Tier 1 and Tier 2 restrictions will be able to attend however, as those based in Tier 3 zones will continue to be shut out.
The Mirror understands that there will also be there will be important rules and guidelines for the stadiums when they finally reopen. These guidelines are expected to be strictly adhered to by officials and fans.
Clubs will only be allowed to welcome either 50 per cent of their capacity back into their stadium, or a maximum of 4,000 people – whichever number is smaller. Clubs in Tier 2 areas are able to hold a maximum of 2,000 fans.
But of the Premier League sides, only Brighton and Southampton – both of whom are in Tier 1 – will be given the green light to reach their maximum.
Inside, social distancing guidelines will need to be adhered to as well, in accordance with similar restrictions in place at theatres and concert halls.
Test events have already been held by some clubs successfully in the summer.
The news is a welcome boost to clubs, particularly those in the lower divisions, who rely heavily on gate receipts as a main source of income.
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