Football fans will be allowed to buy alcoholic drinks without purchasing food ahead of their return to stadiums this week.
Two thousand supporters will be allowed in for Arsenal’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna at the Emirates on Thursday, while Spurs will also be permitted the same number for their match against the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend.
With England’s national lockdown ending on Wednesday the country will be divided into three Tiers, each with different rules on what people are and aren’t allowed to do.
Under current restrictions, those in Tier 2, which London will be in, are only allowed to purchase alcohol in pubs and restaurants if it is alongside a substantial meal.
But according to the Daily Mail supporters attending games will be exempt from those rules.
As usual they will only be allowed to drink in the concourses, however, and must be seated in order to consume food and drink.
Hospitality venues at stadiums will also have to close at 11pm in line with Government restrictions, with last orders called at 10pm.
There is a good deal of optimism around the return of spectators this week, with hopes the number permitted can slowly increase until some form of normality is restored.
However, some have argued the fact that some teams will be allowed supporters and others not make it an unfair playing field.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville tweeted in reaction to the news last week: “So some clubs will have fans backing them in home fixtures and others will have empty stadiums with no fans! Unfair competition or not??”
Neville’s former club Manchester United will not be allowed any fans in for now due to the fact the area is currently in Tier 3, which is the most strict ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus.