The proposed pilot event at the KCOM Stadium this Saturday cannot take place with fans in attendance due to the recent increase in Hull’s coronavirus infection rate.
Hull City Council’s Public Health Team cannot approve the pilot event due to it not meeting the assessment criteria, established by the Association of Directors of Public Health.
The assessment criteria states that there can be no significant increase in an area’s coronavirus infection rate ahead of an event.
The game between Hull City and Crew Alexandra will still go ahead.
In a joint statement, Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health at Hull City Council and Sam Henderson, Head of Stadium Operations at Stadium Management Company said: “In order for the proposed ‘return of fans’ pilot match to go ahead at the Hull City vs Crewe Alexandra game at the KCOM Stadium this Saturday, it was necessary to meet 10 public event assessment criteria, established by the Association of Directors of Public Health.
“The first of these states that there can be no significant increase in the area’s coronavirus infection rate ahead of an event. Unfortunately, the rate in Hull currently stands at 15.3 infections per 100,000 people, up from 4.2 per 100,000 people last week. Consequently, on the grounds of public health and public safety, this pilot cannot go ahead and the game will have to be played without fans in attendance.
“We appreciate this decision will be disappointing for many but, in the current circumstances, it is the safest and most appropriate decision and has been made in the best interests of our residents and our visitors”.