Football is set to continue as planned in Tier 4, following the Government’s latest announcement on coronavirus restrictions across the country.
London, the east and south east, along with a handful of other parts of the country, have been plunged into a brand new Tier 4, with restrictions very similar to the first national lockdown.
Fans were already not allowed to attend matches in Tier 3 and they will obviously not be able to go to games in Tier 4 areas either, but matches will be going ahead.
The Athletic report that elite sport will not be affected, with an MP telling the publication: ‘I would imagine that elite sport will continue, as it did during the national lockdown.’
The Premier League clubs in Tier 4 are all London-based, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham all positioned under the restrictions.
The EFL clubs in Tier 4 are more far flung, with the following impacted: Brentford, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Wycombe Wanderers, Luton, Watford, AFC Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Gillingham, MK Dons, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Leyton Orient.
There has been no announcement on the rules changing in Tier 2, so fans should still be able to attend matches there, unless something changes subsequently.
No announcement on the rules changing in Tier 2, so fans should still be able to attend matches there, unless something changes subsequently.
The prime minister announced on Saturday: ‘In England, those living in tier four areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas, though support bubbles will remain in place for those at particular risk of loneliness or isolation.
‘Across the rest of the country, the Christmas rules allowing up to three households to meet will now be limited to Christmas Day only, rather than the five days previously set out.
‘As before, there will be no relaxation on December 31 so people must not break the rules at New Year.’