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Forest Green Fixture – Return of Supporters at Harrogate FC

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Looking ahead to our EFL League Two fixture on Saturday 5th December 2020 versus Forest Green Rovers, at The EnviroVent Stadium, Harrogate FC are pushing to use this match as a ‘test event’ for the return of spectators to the stadium.

This will mean operating at a much lower capacity than usual, to ensure social distancing can be adhered to, and to practice our COVID safe procedures outside, upon entry to, and whilst inside the stadium. In order to be permitted to use the fixture as a ‘test event’ they are awaiting approval from the EFL, the Sports Ground Safety Authority

(SGSA) and local Safety Advisory Group (SAG). A huge effort has gone into creating a ‘COVID secure’ EnviroVent Stadium, including creating one way systems, additional hand sanitising areas and signage all around the spectator areas.

For the test event, they will only be permitted to open the new Main Stand*, along with the Car Park terrace along the same side. This means that they will only be able to permit ST deposit purchasers on the 5th December. No general sale tickets will be made available for the fixture, nor will any further ST deposits be sold until further notice.

All ST deposit purchasers who have reserved standing tickets will be issued a ticket for the Car Park terrace for the ‘test event’. *All ST deposit purchasers who have reserved a seated ticket, will be issued a seat in either the new Main Stand, or the Wetherby Road overspill seating.

As per EFL and government regulations, they can allow ST deposit holders who live in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 designated area to attend the fixture on Saturday. Unfortunately, they will not be able to permit anyone who lives in a Tier 3 designated area. The hope is that supporters living in current Tier 3 areas will be able to return to fixtures in due course, should the restrictions be eased and/or change.

The club will continue to communicate their full COVID match day plans and protocols throughout the week, and hope to get confirmation that the fixture can be played in front of limited supporters to you as soon as possible. Please continue to be patient whilst all the necessary work with the authorities take place. All ST deposit purchasers have been contacted via email, and continue to make contact with those who cannot be reached on email via telephone before Friday 4th December.

Please note the phone lines will be taken up by outgoing calls this week, so the club will not be able to receive incoming calls. They will ensure we contact every ST deposit purchaser by Friday 4th December.

The hope is that should the test event be a success, they may be able to increase the capacity at future games.

Supporters unable to attend Saturday’s fixture can continue to watch the action via our streaming service.

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