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Premier League expect fans to return for final two games of season

Limited capacities

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Pending final UK government decisions and tier definitions that should be announced in the next several days, the Premier League expect to be allowed to welcome fans back, in limited numbers, for the first time since December. The exact percentages will depend on the aforementioned tier restrictions, with earlier reports hinting at a 10,000 maximum — in December, we were allowed only 2000 fans for a brief period before a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic forced the escalation of tiers and restrictions once again.

In anticipation of this most recent easing, the Premier League rescheduled some of its games recently to allow every team the opportunity to have (home) fans for one of the last two games of the season. Chelsea finish the season away from home, at Aston Villa, on May 23, with our final home match set for May 18 against Leicester City, whom we’re also set to play in the FA Cup final on May 15. While that game will be two days before any official changes to the restrictions on May 17, it is set to be a “trial” event with 21,000 fans (of the 90,000 Wembley capacity) expected to able to attend (having passed multiple tests and consented to the research and test & trace).

Hopefully we’re now truly turning a corner in getting this pandemic under control and returning to “normal”, whatever that might actually look like at this point. The League do expect pretty much full capacities for next season, which is set to start August 14.