Coventry City say there could be “still a long way to go” before supporters are allowed back into stadiums.

Matches are currently taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis – as was the case after the restart for the Championship and Premier League last season.

It is hoped small crowds could be permitted early in October, but the Sky Blues have laid out some of the challenges ahead.

In a statement, chief executive Dave Boddy said: “The Government has previously suggested 1st October as the date from which fans could return to stadiums. There have been some test events this month, which I understand to have gone well.

“However, this is an ever-changing situation. We must be mindful that there is still a long way to go and Government could change their view or infection rates etc may dictate what we are able to do nationally or locally, and that there has, as of yet, been no confirmation from the Government of this 1st October date.

“Once there is Government approval for fans to return, we will be required to then get approval from the local Safety Advisory Group and hold a ‘test event’ with fans at St Andrew’s.

“While the return to stadiums is expected to be around 22-25 percent of capacity initially, which for St Andrew’s is around 7000, we will be required to operate at a lower amount of about 50 percent for the ‘test event’ – which we anticipate would work well with our Championship Club Membership cap of 3,500.

“The approval for this event to take place is also expected to take time, as the plans need to be approved by the Safety Advisory Group.

“So therefore, I do warn fans that a return to stadiums may not be as soon as some media are reporting it could be.

“It is also a possibility that we will only need one ‘test event’ at the Trillion Trophy St. Andrews, so that might be for either a Birmingham City game or a Coventry City game.

“Depending on how successful the test event is will be dependant on whether we can reach the 22-25 percent of capacity or not.

“We had initially hoped that the home game against Bournemouth on 3rd October could possibly have been our ‘test event’, but in view of the timescales required this now looks highly unlikely.

“There are no plans for away fans to attend initially, but we will review this as the wider situation develops and this approach is in line with all other Championship clubs.

“Details around matchday arrangements, for example transport and parking, when fans do return to stadiums will be confirmed in due course, and will be led by the restrictions around coronavirus in place whenever that time is.

“We will try to keep fans updated as best as we can in this ever-changing situation and thank you for your patience.”





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