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Supporters could soon return to London Stadium

A strong decline in coronavirus infections across England since January could allow West Ham supporters back in the London Stadium before the season ends in May. Imperial College London’s React study found infections have dropped by two-thirds across England since lockdown began, with an 80% fall in London.

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to receive new data on the effect of vaccines on the spread of coronavirus, ahead of Monday’s publication of a roadmap to easing lockdown in England with nearly 16 million receiving their first dose of the vaccine.

Whitehall officials have drawn up a timetable to help work out the return out of lockdown.

This suggests a desire to reopen rapidly in the weeks after schools readmit most children next month on 8th March.

The leaked blueprint suggests that students in higher education and further education could be back in mid-April, and non-essential shops will reopen at the same time. Then, in late April, hospitality venues, hotels, leisure facilities and some sporting venues will open their doors.

Entertainment venues and more sporting facilities including football stadia are scheduled to follow in early May.

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It has been almost a year that West Ham supporters have attended a football game on mass when the Hammers beat Southampton at the London Stadium in late February last year. Two thousand supporters chosen by a ballot watched the Manchester United game in early December last year.

The Hammers have two home games in May with Everton visiting on 8th May and the last game of the season against Southampton on 23rd May.

While social distancing will still in place we could see thousands of fans back for these two games.


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Supporters could soon return to London Stadium

  1. I watched the Barcelona v PSG game the other night and, to me, Barcelona’s weakness was quite clear. They don’t have the link between defence and attack that Busquets at his peak used to provide. Declan Rice is, at least imo, good enough to perform at the very highest level and Barcelona are in the process of rebuilding.

    He seems to genuinely enjoy being at West Ham and so it wouldn’t be any surprise to me if, when the time comes for him to leave, he will pursue opportunities abroad rather than at home.

  2. The virus has been conquered in India. 12000 fans, sitting together, not a mask in sight.
    Hope we don’t rush back too quickly. Rather stay alive and be treated in hospital when I need some help. That should be the priority. Filling the trains and pubs is desirable but not just yet. Lovely to talk about it – but so too is karaoke in Ibiza.(?).

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