Manchester United and Man City fans have been dealt a blow with the news that the city is to be placed in tier three of the government’s new restrictions after lockdown.
The government have previously announced that a limited number of football fans in tiers one and two could return to games under strict circumstances.
Yet there are still restrictions over those in tier three, with matches continuing to be played behind closed doors.
Tiers are reviewed every 14 days and based on five criteria, which include case numbers across all age groups, cases among over 60s, the rate of rise or fall of infections and the percentage of those tested who have the virus.
Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed into matches in tier one areas.
In tier two, up to 2,000 fans will be allowed into games.
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The government are said to be set to announce a list of obligations for fans attending matches, which will include strict rules on interacting with people from outside their social bubble.
Manchester yesterday had 250 cases of covid per 100,000 people, which is above the national average of 169.
Whilst this rate has dropped substantially since tier three restrictions were first enforced on the city ahead of lockdown, it means a further drop will be needed before fans will be allowed to return to games.