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Nottingham sports venues could reopen if county moves to Tier 2

Plans were being developed over the summer, but had to be shelved as the Covid-19 situation worsened.

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Talks with sporting venues are ‘ongoing’ for the safe reopening of sports grounds, according to health bosses at Nottingham City Council.

Plans were being developed over the summer, but had to be shelved as the Covid-19 situation worsened.

But this week, the Government confirmed limited numbers of fans will be allowed back into stadia and other sporting venues, dependent on which Tier an area is in.

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Up to 4,000 fans can go into venues in Tier 1 areas, while up to 2,000 can go into Tier 2, but fans are still prohibited in Tier 3 areas.

The UK is expected to go into a tiered approach on Wednesday, December 2, with the Government set to announce on Thursday, December 26 which tier each area will be in.

Paul Dales, the Chief Environmental Health Officer at Nottingham city council, told a meeting yesterday: “The Government has announced the possibility of supporters possibly being permitted to attend sporting events, depending on the tier in which they are placed in that area.

“For Nottingham, the team has already been doing some work with our sporting venues.

“Some of this work was done in the summer when it was initially thought there was going to be a limited return of supporters.

“So we’re well on the way to being able to manage that through any safety certification to ensure that any supporters that are able to return will be done in accordance with the required guidance – national guidance and sports ground safety

“So we are working with those businesses regularly.”