Alexandre Lacazette (C) of Arsenal shoots during the English Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain on Sept. 23, 2018. Arsenal won 2-0. /Xinhua
A limited number of fans will be allowed back into sports venues next month, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.
As England's lockdown ends next week, the coronavirus pandemic restrictions will return in the form of the previous three-tier system.
In areas with lower infection rates, Tier 1 and 2, Mr Johnson announced that outdoor and indoor venues will be allowed to admit spectators on a limited basis.
But he has not yet confirmed what the capacity limits or percentages would be.
It has been reported that 4,000 spectators or 50 percent capacity limits - whichever is lowest - would be place in Tier 1, dropping to 2,000 or 50 percent for indoor venues.
In Tier 2, it has been reported it would be 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, or 50 percent capacity.
Mr Johnson also said outdoor grassroots sports and indoor sports facilities like gyms would be able to reopen.
The news comes just days after the government announced a rescue package of £300m of emergency funding for sports in England impacted by the absence of spectators.
(With input from agencies)
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