Fans returning to Goodison for Everton's game with Chelsea later this month will need to undergo a Covid-19 test.

The Blues have today been given the green light to press ahead with plans for 2,000 supporters to attend the visit of Chelsea a week on Saturday.

Liverpool City Council's Ground Safety Advisory Group have recommended that fans can return to Goodison following a meeting with the club and relevant stakeholders this afternoon.

Fans will be sat in in the Gwladys Street End, the Top Balcony and there will be designated areas for disabled supporters as part of the club's socially distanced seating plans.

Everton have now opened their ticket ballot for season ticket holders and hospitality season ticket holders but only fans from the Liverpool City Region, which is in tier 2 restrictions, will be allowed to attend the match.

And as part making sure Goodison is Covid-secure, fans will be required to make use of the city's mass testing programme and get checked out on the day of, or the day before, the match.

Supporters will be asked to provide confirmation that they have returned a negative test before they are allowed into the ground.

A club statement tonight read: "The Club has developed a robust plan for the return of supporters which includes restricting ballot entries to Season Ticket Members and Season Hospitality Members who live in the Liverpool City Region.

"In support of the Liverpool City Region mass-testing programme, all fans who are successful in the ballot will need to provide confirmation of having received a negative COVID-19 test result on the day of the game - or the day prior - to gain entry to the stadium. "

Everton have also confirmed that of the 2,000 fans returning to Goodison 91% of tickets will go to season ticket holders, with the remaining 9% given to season hospitality members and players' families.

The club's ticket ballot closes at midnight on Friday.

"Everton Football Club has announced it will open a ballot for fans to apply for tickets for the Premier League match against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday 12 December (8pm GMT kick-off), the Blues have said.

"New Government COVID-19 guidelines mean 2,000 supporters can attend fixtures from this month - signalling the return of fans to Goodison Park for the first time since 1 March.

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"The registration period for eligible fans to enter the ballot will run from 5pm GMT, Wednesday 2 December to midnight on Friday 4 December."


Everton went on to add: "Season Ticket Members who live outside the Liverpool City Region, who choose not to enter the ballot or who are unsuccessful in the ballot will receive a pro-rata refund for the fixture as part of the Season Ticket refund process. 

"The next instalment of Season Ticket refunds will be issued in February 2021 and will cover all Premier League fixtures between 1 November and 31 January that Season Ticket Members have not attended. 

"Fans will receive an email confirming the outcome of their ballot entry by 5pm GMT on Monday 7 December. 

"Emails to successful fans with instructions on how to download their electronic match ticket/(s) and further key information to ensure the safety of everyone at the game will be distributed from Tuesday 8 December. 

"This email communication will include a link to the COVID-19 Matchday Code of Conduct which must be accepted by all attendees. 

"Fans will need to have photo identification with them when attending the game to ensure each match ticket is used only by the successful applicant. Tickets cannot be transferred to other Season Ticket Members."