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Tigers' trip to Bristol is crowd test event

George Ford was a tryscorer in the home game against Bristol Bears earlier this season
George Ford was a tryscorer in the home game against Bristol Bears earlier this season

The Leicester Tigers game away to Bristol Bears has been selected as a ‘pilot’ fixture with as reduced crowd.

Premiership Rugby has announced this morning that supporters will be allowed to attend the game at Ashton Gate in Round 21 of the league season on Wednesday, September 30.

The game between Bath and Gloucester next Tuesday has also been chosen.

These fixtures are part of a series of test events approved by the Government to pilot the safe return of spectators, adhering to social distancing measures.

A total of 1,000 supporters will be allowed at each match, subject to local safety advisory group approval.

Both games are also live on BT Sport.

Harlequins hosted Gallagher Premiership Rugby’s first match with spectators at the start of September, and then Gloucester Rugby followed earlier this week.         

Darren Childs, chief executive of Premiership Rugby said: "We are delighted that following the success of the first two ‘pilot’ matches at the Twickenham Stoop and Kingsholm, another two Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches have been given the green light from the government.”

Pilots will be carefully monitored by the DCMS and the Sports Ground Safety Authority to help inform future decisions on further relaxations of the rules and if spectators will be able to return to live sport from October 1.

Close consultation with the Sports Ground Safety Authority sets out the strict measures that test events must follow to limit the spread of Covid-19.

These include:

  • Upholding social distancing in queues
  • Minimising the risk of any pinch points or crowding
  • Carefully controlled bookings so distancing is observed in seating arrangements
  • Minimising the numbers of tickets sold to a pre-defined safe capacity in accordance with regulator guidance
  • Recording people’s data to assist NHS Test and Trace