The English Football League (EFL) has confirmed that fans can take part in the play-off games of the championship, the first and second leagues.

The government announced Monday that it would continue its plan to take the third step in its Covid-19 recovery roadmap. For this reason, fans are allowed in the stadiums for both sections of the semi-finals and the final of the play-offs of all three divisions.

Each semi-final in the three leagues is reserved for home fans only. The clubs involved will now contact the relevant local safety advisory groups to determine capacity.

The fans of each team can take part in the three finals on the bank holiday weekend from May 29th to 31st. The games are currently being played at Wembley.

The Welsh government confirmed earlier Tuesday that the championship semifinals between Swansea and Barnsley on May 22nd and the semifinals of the second division playoffs from Newport against Forest Green will be used as pilot events on the Wales roadmap to open up the game to land.

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Trevor Birch, CEO of EFL, said: “We are very excited to welcome the fans back to the Sky Bet play-offs, which will be fantastic for our competition and another important step in the EFL’s ambition to be To have full stadiums beginning next season.

“Talks with the Welsh government about the position in Wales are ongoing but all parties appreciate the importance of fans returning to these games.

“For the past 12 months, our clubs have implemented rigorous protocols and worked tirelessly to meet the unprecedented challenges of this campaign. The return of fans at this high point of the season is only a reward for semi-finalists who are now using their extensive crowd management expertise to ensure fans enjoy a safe and comfortable return to their popular home stadium.

“We are grateful to everyone who has helped the fans to support their clubs in important games up to the semi-finals, and we look forward to welcoming even more fans to the play-off final.”

Bournemouth and Brentford make up the four semi-finalists of the championship. The first legs start on May 17th.

Oxford face Blackpool and Sunderland and Lincoln in the League One semi-finals, while Tranmere, who sacked Keith Hill on Tuesday, faces Morecambe in the other League Two semi-finals.

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