The announcement from the prime minister that England is set to return to a tier system when the current lockdown ends on 2nd December, has paved the way for crowds of up to 4000 to return to sport in England and also means the return of grassroots sport across the country.
Whilst we are still awaiting confirmation of what tier each area will be given when the lockdown ends, it has been confirmed that any area in tier 1 will be allowed 4,000 spectators at outdoor events or 50% of the grounds capacity, whichever is the lower number. Also 1,000 people will be allowed to attend indoor events for areas that find themselves in tier 1. For tier 2 the number allowed at outdoor events will be 2,000 people, or half the capacity whichever is smaller, and the number for indoor events in tier 2 will be the same as tier 1 with 1,000 people allowed to attend. It is understood that areas in tier 3 will not be allowed to have any spectators for indoor or outdoor sporting events.
With gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools also being told that they can reopen in all tiers, this does seem to be a step back in the right direction for sport in England from the professional ranks all the way down to grassroots.