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Football World Preparing to Re-admit Spectators

Hard work is afoot for a winning formula to afford the re-introduction of spectators to our sports grounds and in particular our football stadiums.

Safety Officers will have received the second draft of a guidance document produced by Ken Scott at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and are invited to return feedback. This can be sent directly to the SGSA or via the FSOA, where John & I can collate and pass our findings on to our colleagues.

It is a heavyweight document, if you like an addendum to the Green Guide and sets out a plan for operating your stadium against the background of social distancing. In addition to the usual calculations for capacity, there is an added calculation in terms of concourse capacities, which could determine how many people can be safely accommodated in our stands.

I recommend that as soon as you see this in your inbox, you read it as there is not a lot of time in real terms to implement the guidance before the start of the 2020-2021 season which is expected to be around 12/13 September 2020.

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that October might the starting date to admit spectators in sporting and concert venues, but football clubs, NGBs, and competition providers are hoping for an earlier start otherwise clubs will still face the costs of monitoring Covid-19 without their key income stream.

I was involved in a “Teams” meeting where the original draft document was discussed and a further meeting is due to take place in August. I will keep everyone posted as to progress affecting us all.

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