Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed at Premier League and Championship fixtures in low-risk areas when the currently month-week lockdown in England ends at the beginning of December.
Meanwhile up to 2,000 people will be allowed in those areas deemed to be in tier two zones, although none will be granted access in tier three.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement while revealing the Government’s new Covid-19 measures for England, which will allow football supporters to enter stadiums for the first time since March.
“In tiers one and two, spectator sports and business events will be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing,” he confirmed.
“Later this week, we will announce which areas will fall into which tier – I hope on Thursday – based on analysis of cases in all age groups, especially the over-60s.
“Also, [it will involve] looking at the rate at which cases are rising or falling, the percentage of those tested in a local population who have Covid and current and projected pressures on the NHS.”
Newham – where West Ham United’s London Olympic Stadium is based – had a rolling rate of 184.8 cases per 100,000 which was marginally below the national average.
That would preclude the club from being consider to be part of a tier one zone, although could potentially see the area granted tier two status – thus allowing up to 2,000 fans to be granted access to the club’s first home match following the introduction of the new regulations.
That is likely to be the visit of Manchester United, who are scheduled to visit Stratford on Saturday, 5 December.