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Coronavirus: Fans set to return to sporting events from May 17

Supporters have been prevented from attending sporting venues across England since the scrapping of the tier system in December; under proposals, it would mean the final weekend of Premier League, set to be played on Sunday, May 23, could be played in front of a limited number of fans

Fans are set to return to sporting events from Monday, May 17, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his road map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Supporters have been prevented from attending sporting venues across England since the scrapping of the tier system in December.

However, the Prime Minister has now revealed plans in the House of Commons to ease restrictions step-by-step across the whole country simultaneously instead of on a regional basis.

From May 17, indoor events will be capped at 50 per cent capacity or 1,000, whichever is lower, and for outdoor events this will be 50 per cent capacity or 4,000, whichever is lower.

Larger outdoor seated venues such as football stadiums will be allowed up to 10,000 people or be a quarter full, whichever is lower.

 

Manchester City fans could see their side lift the Premier League trophy at the Etihad as the Prime Minister outlined his road map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions
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Should Manchester City continue on their course to winning the Premier League, their fans could watch them lift the title at the Etihad, as the Prime Minister outlined his road map for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions

The proposals rule out the possibility of fans attending any further regular-season matches in the EFL, but it would mean the final weekend of the Premier League season, set to be played on Sunday, May 23, could potentially be played in front of a limited number of fans. With Manchester City top of the league, 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, supporters could see Pep Guardiola’s side lift the Premier League trophy against Everton at the Etihad.

Although the FA Cup final is set to be played on Saturday, May 15 – two days before the initial plans to allow fans to return, it could be used as a test event.

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