Fans to return for Brighton-Chelsea friendly as government approves pilot events

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Fans will be having an opportunity of seeing a live match after a long when Chelsea take on Brighton in their pre-season game on Saturday.

This development was confirmed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Wednesday.

DCMS secretary of state Oliver Dowden said:

“I know fans and their teams can’t wait to be reunited in stadia across the country but it’s imperative we take a cautious and phased approach to get fans back in safely,”

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“I’m pleased that infection rates have levelled off enough to resume the pilot programme and we will continue to work intensively with sports, medical and health and safety experts towards welcoming more fans back as fast as we can.”

Fans will have to wear face masks upon entering the stadium, but will be allowed to remove them once they are in their seat, or for eating and drinking purposes.

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Supporters are to socially distance, and will be instructed to remain in the seat they are allocated to ensure a low risk of transmission.

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