We, along with other EFL Club’s, were approached yesterday just after 11.20am to confirm if we would like to be considered for a pilot event on Saturday when we welcome Mansfield Town to The Breyer Group Stadium.
This followed the government giving permission for EFL Club’s to stage a pilot event with up to 1,000 fans in attendance at each game.
With no advanced warning the imposed deadline of 2pm that day gave very little time for the required local SAG (Safety Advisory Group) to grant the necessary provisional approval.
Whilst we gained that conditional approval moments prior to the 2pm deadline at the time of writing (10.15am) on Wednesday 16th September, just 3 days before the match we have been forced to withdraw our application for the pilot scheme this Saturday.
That is not a decision we have taken lightly but with very little preparation time to issue tickets, co-ordinate stewarding and to comply with all of the rigorous safety measures we will now focus our efforts on a hoped swift return of crowds with more notice being given by the relevant authorities.
The Club has already put in an exceptional amount of work into planning for the return of fans – we expect to be in a position to submit our full plans to the relevant authorities next week.
We remain committed to making a visit to The Breyer Group Stadium, whether that be for a matchday or non-matchday event, an enjoyable and safe as possible experience. We want to welcome back fans, starting with our loyal Season Card Holders, ASAP but only when sufficient preparation time is given.
Orient Legend Peter Kitchen will be joining the studio this Saturday, as we welcome Mansfield Town.
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