Chelsea Football Club welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister and the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on a return of supporters to elite sports events from 2 December.

The announcement, linked to a wider three-tier system of Covid restrictions which will follow the end of a four-week lockdown, means that for Premier League clubs, fans may return in lower transmission areas with a maximum of 4,000 fans being allowed into stadiums in tier one (medium alert) locations, and 2,000 fans in tier two (high alert) locations.

While the current guidelines mean that we will not yet be able to return to full capacity at Stamford Bridge, the Club continues to work on plans to accommodate as many fans as possible, as fairly as possible, and we appreciate supporter patience as we do so.

Chelsea FC also continues to support the Premier League as it works towards an agreement on a roadmap, with DCMS and the Sports Technology and Innovation Group, for pilot events that can help all Premier League clubs quickly scale up to larger capacities in line with the Sports Ground Safety Authority’s COVID-secure guidelines and beyond.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck says: ‘As I am sure our fans do as well, the Club welcomes this development and will continue to work with the Premier League and the DCMS on the safe return of fans to Stamford Bridge.’