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Rovers CEO on Lockdown Restrictions and the Impact on the Return of Fans to the Mem

26 November 2020

Bristol Rovers CEO, Martyn Starnes, gives his reaction to today's news that confirmed Bristol will enter Tier 3 restrictions once the national lockdown concludes.

The news means that Rovers are unable to host fans at home games at the Mem, which will be reviewed once the region enters a lower tier of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Rovers CEO said, “We are naturally disappointed by today’s news, with Bristol placed in Tier 3 restrictions to combat the spread of Coronavirus, meaning that we’re unable to welcome back supporters at this stage.

“Over the past few months, we have been working hard on a fair and transparent plan, to allow the safe return of fans to matches at the Mem. We are pressing the authorities to allow us to at least accommodate all of our season ticket holders as soon as possible but it’s almost certain we will need to stage one or more “test” events at a lower capacity before that will be permitted.

"As we get towards a point in time where restrictions are eased in the Bristol area, we will be issuing guidance to Season Ticket holders and the wider fanbase on the protocol and procedures that will be placed upon us for home fixtures.

"However, supporters can expect a number of changes to the usual match day routines in order to enjoy live football once again in accordance with health and safety regulations. These changes are likely to include a move to tickets being issued via the ‘Print at Home’ option and fans having to agree to a Code of Conduct before entering the ground as well as face masks having to be worn.

"In the meantime, I ask all supporters to continue following the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, to help prevent the spread of this awful disease.”

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