Oxford United join with the rest of football in supporting the government’s proposed relaxation of the covid 19 restrictions on crowds at sporting events from July 19th.
Last night the Prime Minister announced that, if all goes to plan, then Step 4 in the easing of Covid measures will come into effect from that date. If this happens then capacity crowds will be allowed once again at the Kassam Stadium and social distancing rules will be relaxed.
This is the news that football has been waiting for and will allow us once again to welcome back not only our own fans but also, hopefully, away supporters as well as meaning the Yellow Army can follow Karl Robinson’s team on the road.
The club will continue to plan for the return of full crowds but while we await confirmation there must also be a note of caution. The last 18 months have seen so many sudden changes and we take nothing for granted until the proposed relaxation becomes firm legislation.
Our ‘Pandemic Promise’ for fans buying season tickets remains in place and should it be necessary and crowd restrictions still be in force then we would offer fans a pro-rata refund.
Similarly our pre-season friendly against Peterborough United will remain behind closed doors due to ongoing safety work that will ensure that when fans do return to the Kassam Stadium they can do so in the safest possible environment. The safety of fans, staff and players remains our number one priority.
However, the overwhelming feeling at the club is not caution but elation.
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