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Following a season that ended behind closed doors, Chelsea will play a friendly away at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday with some home fans allowed access after the game was approved by the government as a trial event for the return of supporters to stadiums, the official Chelsea website has confirmed.
The game will serve as a pre-season fixture at the Amex Stadium at 3pm on Saturday and it will be open to 2500 season ticket holders.
The game will also be used to trial the lifting of the government ban on mass gatherings.
According to the official Chelsea website, the government and clubs will use this match to trial methods for keeping fans safe inside stadiums, as well as implementing track and trace procedures, while allowing a reduced number of supporters to return to professional sports venues with as little risk as possible.
The government will also try to work towards achieving a Covid-19 friendly environment and also a completely cashless stadium, face masks being worn in the stands, strictly enforced socially distant seating and random temperature checks carried out by stewards around the ground.
Chelsea will start the new season on September 14, and it will also be an away clash with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.