Football fans up and down the country could be in line for an early Christmas present.
According to Sportsmail, football fans could return to stadiums to watch matches in the Premier League and EFL as early as next month under plans drawn up by government.
In addition, the report states that sources close to negotiations over the return of fans say officials at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have now submitted proposals to the Cabinet Office for spectators to attend games in areas where coronavirus infection rates are low.
With that said, this can only get the green light once the second national lockdown is lifted – expected to be on December 2nd, 2020.
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Furthermore, while the government is yet to agree the proposals, but football sources are hugely encouraged that DCMS is prepared to put the national game on a par with other activities, following months of criticism that the arts has been allowed to admit an audience, while football has not.
The DCMS proposals suggest that attendance could be allowed in those areas that are ranked within the lowest two tiers.
Although, the exact system is yet to be announced.
Supporters have been prevented from entering stadiums since March in England’s top-four divisions due to COVID-19.
But any return plan means fans would have to be socially distanced inside the stadium and the total number in attendance would be capped.
And clubs will have to apply for a safety certificate from the local Safety Advisory Group, which includes local authorities and emergency services, among others, and that will set the permitted number of spectators and any conditions on the use of a stadium.
In August, fans were welcomed back into an all-Premier League friendly at the Amex Stadium as Brighton & Hove Albion hosted Chelsea.