UK government received an open letter from the Premier League, asking to enable fans return to the stadiums as soon as possible.
The document, co-signed by members of the English Football League (EFL), the Football Association (FA), and the Women’s FA.
Recent test matches have proven that it is possible for spectators to return to the ground comfortably in small numbers.
The letter reads: “With the EFL, Premier League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship already hosting 11 successful test events recently, we have proved that we can comfortably deliver matches.”
“The sooner we can return, the sooner we can pull people together and support local jobs, livelihoods, regional enterprises, and the national economy as well.”
“We will continue to encourage the government to allow us to securely return fans to the stadiums. It is a positive change that big arts and music venues have been informed that indoors they can operate socially-distant events.”
“And in strictly controlled and stewarded outdoor settings, football should now be able to do the same.”
“We can adjust and carefully control stadium environments.”
“Measures might include screening fans before accessing the stadium, installing temperature controls, requiring masks to be worn, one-way systems, and supplying all those involved in a matchday with a code of conduct.”
“All of which would be accompanied by deep-cleaning activities to help to reduce the risk of virus spread.”