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Premier League clubs likely to have fans back into stadiums earlier than expected

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It is no longer news that football actions have returned in the English Premier League after a three-month break due to coronavirus, but the games are being played behind closed doors for now.

This is to prevent a further spike of the deadly virus; the UK Government has to put social distancing guidelines in place. This has forced supporters to stay behind their televisions to watch the games they would have loved to be part of the action by being the spectators in the stands.

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With the hospitality industry set to reopen this weekend, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open. All they need to do to remain in business is to ensure that strict social distancing measures are in place.

Fans to be allowed in for Premier League games soon

Before now, there has been no indication of when fans will be allowed into the stadia. Football.london, however, reported that test events could be held as early as this month under an observation programme. This will be tested with certain sports, which could include the Premier League. If successful, the football clubs could be allowed to formally open their doors to fans for the first time in August.

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It was also gathered that fans would be allowed to watch their favourite teams from the stands in late August and early September, provided social distancing restrictions in place.

Should they wish to do so, stadiums would not be allowed to open to full capacity, which is believed to be around 60 percent to have social distancing at the start of next season, but some supporters would be allowed into grounds to watch their teams again once the 2020/21 campaign gets underway.

Although the date for the 2020-21 season is yet to be known with the 2019/20 season ongoing and to be completed later this month, there is speculation that the new campaign could start in early September, with teams getting just a month off after having three months of coronavirus-enforced holiday.

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