Everton will be ready for the return of supporters to Goodison Park if they receive approval in the coming days and weeks.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Government's winter plan on Monday aimed at dealing with the coronavirus pandemic over the course of the next few months.
Part of the update was centred around the return of supporters to elite sport venues, with national measures set to come to an end on December 2A return to a tiered lockdown system was confirmed with grounds in Tier 1 potentially allowing a maximum of 4,000 spectators and those in Tier 2 permitted to house up to 2,000 fans.
It's anticipated that the composition of the tiers will be announced on Thursday, with current hopes that the Liverpool City Region would be placed into Tier 2.
That could potentially allow a number of supporters back into Goodison Park in time for Everton's match against Chelsea on December 12.
The Blues will be ready with plans to reintroduce fans to the stadium, but cannot finalise anything without knowing which tier the city will be placed under.
Back in September, the club sent out an email to season ticket holders regarding a "fair and equitable" ballot system that will be in place when spectators are allowed back into Goodison.
That system is ready to be moulded to whatever capacity Everton are told they will be permitted, with the club understood to be working towards getting as many fans into the stadium as they are allowed by safety regulations.
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It's likely the club will have to present their Covid matchday plans to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, who will then give a final capacity the Blues can work with.
From then, the ballot system for season ticket holders can be put into place, which would allow for family and friends to be seated together as much as possible and was deemed safe if they are listed as "family and friends" as part of their membership.
Fans haven't been allowed into stadiums in England since March when the Premier League was suspended for three months due to the growing threat of the virus.