There is a shock report from The Telegraph claiming that the Government is considering options to allow fans back at football stadiums by Christmas.
According to the report, the likeliest scenario would be a few thousand fans attending matches in low infection-risk areas. So it would not be a uniform measure for all clubs.
The Premier League had done extensive work in trying to get fans back to stadiums before Covid-19’s second wave put that notion to rest. It is a bit of a surprise that this is even being considered at the moment.
With the strict measures that have been put in place for the second wave, it seems highly unlikely that the Government will go through with this plan. Especially as positive cases continue to rise.
This past week was also the worst for coronavirus cases among EPL players and staff. The latest round of testing revealed 16 positive tests eclipsing the past high mark of 10 from late September.
This is a statement from the league on the recent uptick in cases:
“The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 9 November and Sunday 15 November, 1,207 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.
“Of these, there were 16 new positive tests. Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.”
The return of supporters by Christmas just doesn’t seem like a realistic proposition considering the ultra-cautious path taken so far. It seems far more likely that this will be an entire season without fans than having even a handful return by the end of the year.