Mayor of Greater Manchester expects Manchester United‘s Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain to remain behind closed doors with the city braced to return to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.
England is continuing to observe a national lockdown as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic but when that ends on December 2, regions will be categorised into one of three tiers where varied measures will be in place – with Tier 3 being the most severe.
While confirmation will come on Thursday from the Commons, Burnham spoke on Wednesday of his expectation that Greater Manchester will return to the toughest measures.
Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to face Manchester United is set to remain behind closed doors
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham believes the region will return to Tier 3 restrictions – the toughest of the three tiers – when the national lockdown ends on December 2
Tier 3’s stricter measures includes a ban on spectators being back in stadiums to watch live sport which would see PSG’s trip to Old Trafford forced behind closed doors.
It is the tier referred to as ‘very high alert’ for Covid-19 and as well as no spectators at live sport events, rules in place will force hospitality venues to close, aside from delivery and takeaway service. Hotels and other accommodation providers will also be required to close, except in the case of work purpose.
Outdoor sports, such as tennis and golf, will be allowed to continue across all three tiers, as will grassroots team sports.
Burnham feels it is ‘more likely than not’ that Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million population will transition from the national lockdown to the toughest Tier 3 measures.
News from the Prime Minister that thousands of fans would be able to return to stadiums would end a nine-month period behind closed doors – but a move to Tier 3 would force United to continue operating without any fans.
New analysis showed that United are on course to record losses of almost £200million this season as their finances are devastated by Covid-19.
Projections based on the Old Trafford club’s latest set of financial figures this week, which included a 19.5 per cent year-on-year reduction in revenues, painted a bleak picture.
And the pandemic, which has seen matches in England played behind closed doors for months, could put a £1billion dent in overall Premier League club finances this season.
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