Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse, has today cautiously welcomed the Government announcement that a limited number of spectators will be able to return to sports games in Tier one and Tier two areas from next week.
This announcement comes after Wera Hobhouse last week secured a commitment from Nigel Huddleston, the Under Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to meet with her to discuss the future of both Bath Rugby and Bath City Football.
The Bath MP has been campaigning to allow spectators at sports games since her Community Conversation, which took place on the 5th of November, and brought together leading voices from Bath’s sporting community. Both Bath Rugby and Bath City Football have been working with the MP to push the Government towards allowing spectators back into stadiums – having drawn up plans during the summer to ensure a limited number of spectators could safely attend the games. For small and local clubs - such as Bath City Football – the income generated from spectators in the stadium is the only way to ensure the businesses survival, even with a reduced number of spectators.
Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse, said:
“I cautiously welcome the Government’s announcement to allow fans back into sports games in Tier one and Tier two regions. With theatres and other cultural institutions allowed to host people it is only right that sports stadiums are given the same permission. This could well be the lifeline that our loved clubs need to survive this challenging year. However, we have yet to read the fine print and see when exactly clubs can open up to spectators, whether the plans that clubs put together over the summer will be acceptable, and what sort of enforcement will be applied to ensure stadiums are Covid safe.
“It is more important than ever that, as a city, we are very careful to limit the spread of Covid-19. The recent announcement clearly outlines how Tier three would be hugely difficult for Bath – with no spectators allowed into sports stadiums and our hospitality sector having to stay in lockdown.
“We all need to do all we can to avoid this: social distancing when possible, wearing masks, and regularly cleaning our hands.”
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