The EFL welcomes today’s decision by the government to allow the return of supporters, capped at 4,000 in tier one and 2,000 in tier two, when the national lockdown ends next week.
We now look forward to the re-opening of some EFL club stadiums as we finally welcome back fans after eight long months away.
While today’s news is subject to regional restrictions, it is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.
In the meantime, we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready to return when allowed to do so.
Having worked closely in developing the appropriate safety guidance in conjunction with DCMS and the SGSA, alongside undertaking a series of pilot events hosting up to 1,000 spectators in September, EFL clubs have already demonstrated that they are well positioned to deliver the safe return of fans.
Exit analysis shows that those who attended pilot fixtures felt overwhelmingly safe and adhered to the necessary protocols and the EFL will continue its work with clubs to ensure that they have the most up to-date safety procedures in place to welcome supporters back as soon as the relevant restrictions are lifted.