The National League has released the following statement regarding the return of spectators to matches from next Monday 17 May. We have added a paragraph below the statement to update supporters on the position from our point of view.
National League Statement: Return of Spectators
The National League can confirm plans are ongoing for the anticipated return of spectators at Vanarama National League matches from Monday 17th May.
Subject to the Government easing lockdown restrictions in England, clubs will be issuing details on their media channels for the remaining games of the 2020/21 campaign in due course. Wrexham AFC have been in full consultation with The National League.
Clubs have been requested to submit an Operational Plan to The National League for
approval. Permission must also be sought from their Local Authority. Stadium capacities have been calculated using methodology provided by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) to ensure social distancing is in place.
Through consultation with its members, The National League has determined only home supporters will be able to attend league matches from May 17th and each of the play-off eliminators and semi-finals.
As a neutral fixture, supporters of both participating clubs in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final will be able to attend in limited numbers. Details of a date and venue are currently being finalised.
The National League looks forward to welcoming supporters back to matches from May 17th.
This marks great progress towards the unrestricted return of spectators.
From Sutton United's point of view the club has submitted its safety management plans for a covid-secure stadium to our police and licensing authorities and we are awaiting confirmation that everything is acceptable to allow spectators in for our match at home to Hartlepool. As was the case earlier this season, our capacity would be significantly limited and every spectator would need to have a valid match ticket. This includes season ticket holders, who would be given priority for admission but would still need to apply for a free match ticket. In line with the league directive, no away fans would be admitted. We are also hoping that a limited number of people will also be allowed into our bars before and after the game on an advance-booking only basis.
More information will be posted on our website and on our usual social media channels as soon as we are able to confirm details.