“The EFL welcomes today’s decision by the Government to allow the return of supporters, capped at 4,000 in tier 1 and 2,000 in tier 2 when the national lockdown ends next week. We now look forward to the re-opening of some EFL Club stadiums as we finally welcome back fans after eight long months away.
“Whilst today’s news is subject to regional restrictions, it is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.
“The restrictions in place does mean that not all Clubs will get the opportunity straight away to re-open their turnstiles and we still await further guidance from DCMS to understand what areas will be placed in which tier which will not be available until later this week. In the meantime we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready to return when allowed to do so.
“Having worked closely in developing the appropriate safety guidance in conjunction with DCMS and the SGSA, alongside undertaking a series of pilot events hosting up to 1,000 spectators in September, EFL Clubs have already demonstrated that they are well positioned to deliver the safe return of fans
“Exit analysis shows that those who attended pilot fixtures felt overwhelmingly safe and adhered to the necessary protocols and the EFL will continue its work with Clubs to ensure that they have the most up to-date safety procedures in place to welcome supporters back as soon as the relevant restrictions are lifted.”
Danny Macklin, Leyton Orient Chief Executive, said:
“We are of course delighted to hear the news today. Like you all, we await government advice regarding the tier level that The Breyer Stadium will be in initially placed in after lockdown ends.
We have been working behind the scenes to provide as safe environment as possible for fans. Once we are informed of the tier status we will enter into swift dialogue with our local Safety Advisory Group as they will be responsible for the approval to welcome fans back at a local level.
When fans can return we will of course aim to accommodate as many season card holders as possible – a ballot system will be put into place for each game and in the coming days we will announce more details on how that process will work.
We will strive to make the system as fair and straightforward as possible in these challenging times. Furthermore, we strongly expect streaming to be available for season card holders and fans unable to attend.
When attending the stadium fans will, of course, have to follow strict social distancing guidelines, staggered arrival and departure times, regular hand sanitising and the wearing of masks will be mandatory at all times.
On behalf of everyone at the Club we hope that today signals the swift and safe return of fans, we would like to thank the loyalty and support shown by our Season Card Holders and we look forward to the moment we can welcome them back – hopefully very soon.”