A number of new measures have been put in place to ensure stadiums are safe ahead of the Premier League’s return. The Premier League has released a guide for supporters outlining what a matchday will look like when top-flight football returns on Wednesday.
Aston Villa take on Sheffield United at Villa Park in the first game back before Manchester City face Arsenal at the Etihad just hours later.
Leicester City restart their season with a trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.All games will take place behind closed doors and a number of safety measures have been put in place due to the current coronavirus pandemic.And below is a look at the measures that have been put in place and what fans can expect to see when watching their side in action.
Although most clubs in the top-flight operate with a high number of staff on a matchday, the Premier League is hoping that only essential staff will be present for games.
Only 37 'Red Zone' passes will be made available per team, with that expected to be made up of 20 players, 12 coaching and medical staff and a further five essential staff.
In total there will be 300 people in attendance for games, including media, doping officials and scouts, with an 'Amber Zone' and 'Green Zone' also in operation.
“Only people who have had tests in the five days before a match can enter. The zone includes the pitch, the technical area, the tunnel and the dressing rooms,” the Premier League said on the Red Zone.