By Will Kelleher For Mailonline
Published: 20:08 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 20:22 BST, 9 September 2020
Gloucester will be the latest Premiership rugby club to host a limited number of fans – despite re-enforced government restrictions – with 1,000 to be welcomed to their Monday match against Harlequins.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport have now capped all test events for fans at just 1,000 spectators, but Kingsholm will be next after The Stoop hosted 3,500 for their Bath match last weekend.
While a small win for the Cherry & Whites Sportsmail understands that the event will actually lose the club money – due to the cost of putting the event on in the first place.
Kingsholm will be next after The Stoop hosted 3,500 for their Bath match last weekend
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: ‘In light of increasing transmission rates, the Government is reviewing the proposed sports and business events pilots ahead of October 1 and we will unfortunately need to scale some back.
‘We know fans and audiences are eager to return, and jobs depend on this too, so work continues around the clock on the moonshot project with the ambition of having audiences back much closer to normal by Christmas, if safe to do so.’
Despite the positive news in the Premiership, the Champions and Challenge Cup European matches based in England and Ireland this weekend will not host fans.
Bristol hoped to welcome in supporters for their Dragons Challenge Cup quarter-final, but that now looks highly unlikely. Exeter and Leicester had no intention of hosting supporters, and Saracens’ match in Dublin against Leinster will also be played behind closed doors.