Karren Brady: Premier League stadiums to be divided into zones for season restart
Sky Sports Premier League returns with 22 live games in opening fortnight; Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd and Man City vs Arsenal scheduled for June 17; Everton vs Liverpool on June 21
Last Updated: 06/06/20 7:16pm
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says Premier League stadiums will be divided into three zones when the season restarts.
The 2019-20 campaign will resume on June 17 after more than three months away due to the coronavirus pandemic and safety will be the number one priority.
Premier League clubs met on Thursday to discuss some of the logistics with Brady revealing they are in the process of agreeing protocols for matchdays that would divide stadiums into red, amber and green colour-coded zones.
"Red zone will be the most severely restricted area, including the pitch, the tunnel, technical areas, changing rooms will be limited to 105 people maximum, to include players, coaching staff, match officials and all the essential staff only," Brady said in her column in the Sun.
"And only those who have tested negative for Covid-19 in the past five days can enter this area.
"We will be creating a Clinical Passport System for those who will need to have access to the red zone.
"The amber zone will be restricted to the minimum number of staff required to meet contractual requirements for broadcasting, media and club staff.
"This area includes all interior areas within the stadium and anyone entering this area will be subject to a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
"And the green zone is the stadium exterior, eg car parking."
Premier League football will return to Sky Sports with a double-header on June 17 - and a further 20 games broadcast live in the following fortnight.
- Coverage will provisionally resume on 17 June with Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd and Man City vs Arsenal
- Further 20 games featuring all 20 clubs in the following 14 days - including Merseyside derby and Tottenham vs Man Utd
- Sky Sports will show 64 matches - 39 exclusive to subscribers and an extra 25 available on Sky's free-to-air channel 'Pick'