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Silent Support: Premier League likely to disallow fans from chanting upon crowd return in stadiums

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Fearing a potential second wave of the pandemic, Premier League fans entering the stadium from the next season will have to agree to a set of rules. The speculated ‘code of conduct’ is expected to hold a ban on singing or chanting in order to prevent the generation of droplets. 

The recently culminated Premier League plans to unfurl the next campaign on September 12. A few games will see the introduction of crowds in the month of September while the league plans to return back to normalcy in October.

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Keeping the safety in mind, the fans will have to abide by the instructions to ensure the safety of themselves and the others as well.

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Spread mainly through droplets, coronavirus could see a potential spike if fans sing their throat out in the stands. Keeping that in mind, a potential ban could be introduced which will see fans attend Premier League matches in complete silence.

Apart from the ban on chanting and singing, the restart plan involves socially distanced seating and sanitizer stands. Moreover, the fans would be asked not to attend the match in case they are showing any symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

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The initial plan is to fill only 25 per cent of the stadium instead of going all out right away. This also implies social distanced seating in the stands. The fans, who would be allowed to attend the game will not be let in at once with staggered entry and exit on the agenda.

Premier League are not planning to experiment with the introduction of fans in the North-West region which has seen a sudden spike in positive cases.

Major League Soccer (MLS) in America has seen fans signing waivers stating that they won’t sue the league in case they contract the virus.

Premier League abiding by Boris Johnson’s plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had claimed that the society would be eased back to normalcy eventually. He stated:

“At every stage, I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional.

“Today we are able to announce some further changes which will allow more people to return to work and the public to get back to more of the things they have missed.

However, as I have always said, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if required, or to continue to implement local measures to help to control the spread of the virus.”

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