December 3, 2021

Liverpool, London can welcome back fans, but not Manchester

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Premier League clubs in Liverpool and London will be able to welcome some supporters back into their stadiums after the Government announced which tiers different areas of the country will be in after the end of the second lockdown.

Greater Manchester will remain in Tier 3 – classified as ‘Very High’ risk and the only tier which does not allow any fans to attend matches – when the new regulations come into effect on December 2.

A number of other Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Leeds, Leicester and Wolves will be unable to welcome fans back into stadiums after the Government announced which tiers different areas of the country will be in after the end of the second lockdown.

Merseyside has dropped down to Tier 2, however, meaning reigning champions Liverpool and Everton can welcome back 2,000 supporters into their stadiums, as long as they continue to follow strict COVID-19 safety measures.

Image: Up to 2,000 Liverpool fans are set to return to Anfield on December 5 for the Premier League game against Wolves

That would see supporters inside Anfield for the first time since March when Liverpool face Wolves at home in the Premier League on December 5.

London has been named as a Tier 2 area, which places it in the ‘High’ risk category.

That still means up to 2,000 rugby unions fans will be able to attend the Autumn Nations Cup match at Twickenham, which will see England play an as yet unknown opponent.

Twickenham Stadium
Image: A limited number of supporters will also be allowed inside Twickenham to see England compete in the Autumn Nations Cup on December 6

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the details in a statement to the Commons on Thursday, with a further review of the tier ratings to be made on December 16, although the new proposals will go before MPs on December 1.

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