Message from Altrincham FC Co-Chairman Bill Waterson:
The decision yesterday to maintain Greater Manchester in Tier 3 delays the return of fans to The J. Davidson Stadium.
A great deal of work had gone on in the background in readiness for a re-Tiering today, but at least this work has not been in vain. The Government will be reviewing Tier levels on a fortnightly basis, with the next review being planned for 30th December.
We have had a dedicated team working on matchday planning, preparing documentation and seeking approval from The FA, The National League and, most importantly, Trafford Borough Council. Our work will continue to put us in as strong a position as possible to proceed in the event of a future move to Tier 2.
It is almost certain that, should a re-Tiering take place, we would run a test event with a limited capacity for our first game back. We would then work slowly but steadily towards increasing capacity in subsequent matches, whilst also extending the range of matchday services.
As we have said before, and will continue to reiterate, our primary concern is the safety of our supporters and our staff.
We would rather guarantee our processes work, and ensure we have all the measures fully in place and approved, than rush to maximise capacity, if doing so meant we were ultimately posing a COVID risk for our fans.
Our work will continue full steam ahead for the readmission of fans, and we will be making further announcements over the Christmas period. We share your disappointment at yesterday's news, but we still look forward to welcoming you back to The J. Davidson Stadium in 2021.