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17 July 2020

Guidance to make Portman Road Covid-secure on matchday

Town have had a first look at what will be needed for supporters to return to Portman Road to watch games next season.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has today indicated that sports venues are likely to be given the green light to accommodate spectators from October providing the right protocols are in place and pilot schemes, set to include the World Snooker Championship, the Glorious Goodwood horseracing meeting and a County Cricket match between Surrey and Middlesex, are all completed successfully.

The Club have received an 84 page draft document from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority which outlines guidance to allow fans back into Portman Road under strict social-distancing.

The document makes it clear that a staged return of supporters will be necessary and that an extensive range of actions will need to be adopted by the Club and fans to make the stadium Covid-secure.

“We are just beginning to get an idea of what will be needed for us to have supporters back at Portman Road,” Club secretary, Stuart Hayton, told the Club website.

“We will be working closely with the police and our other safety advisors to implement what is needed at the stadium on matchday.

“It’s going to present challenges for us all - the Club and supporters - and unless circumstances change rapidly in the country with the coronavirus, it looks certain to be a phased return of supporters.

“Obviously we will be led by Government advice on that but the most important aspect from our point of view is that yes, we want as many fans as possible back at Portman Road watching football matches, but the health and welfare of our supporters - and our staff - will always be our main priority.”

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