Football, but not as we know it: What to expect when you return to Portman Road
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Ipswich Town fans will return to Portman Road for the first time since March 7 this Saturday, as 2,000 supporters will be allowed in to watch the clash with promotion rivals Portsmouth.
But it will be far from a normal matchday experience for the lucky fans who secured tickets in the ballot, with a raft of Covid-19 rules and regulations in effect at the ground.
Here's what to expect if you're going to the game...
Time of arrival and temperature test
If you've got tickets, you will have been given a time of arrival and instructions as to where to enter the ground - you must follow these.
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You will have your temperature tested before entering the turnstile, where you'll need a photo ID to gain access to the ground.
Once inside, you must wear a facemask at all times - you'll need to bring your own - and head straight for your seat.
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Once you're seated
You must remain in your seat at all times, unless you have an exemption, or need to use the toilet. There will be a gap of at least two seats between bubbles of fans.
Even when seated, you'll have to keep your facemask on - you can sing, chat, shout and do anything else you would normally do at a game, but your face must be covered. The only exception is if you're eating/drinking - which brings us to....
Food and drink
There will be no food or drink available inside the ground. You can bring your own, within reason - plastic bottles of drink up to 500ml, lunchboxes with sandwiches in, that sort of thing. You must bring it in a clear plastic bag.
However, you're not allowed to bring alcohol into the ground.
Don't touch the balls
If a ball comes near you during the game, resist the temptation to pick it up and throw it back.
The club will have staff on hand all around the pitch to sanitise balls before they are returned to play.
You will be asked to remain in your seats after the full-time whistle. If you want to leave early, you must do so by the 85th minute at the latest.
Stewards will then advise you on how and when to exit the stadium, on a row by row basis, to avoid everyone leaving and mixing together.
If you have any of the symptoms for Covid-19, you should not attend the match.
If you're considered to be extremely vulnerable, clinically, you're advised not to enter the stadium.