Everton Football Club can confirm that, following the Government’s announcement the Liverpool City Region is moving into Tier Three of the national COVID-19 restrictions, supporters will no longer be able to attend the Premier League fixture with West Ham United at Goodison Park on New Year's Day.
As part of the Tier Three restrictions, which come into force from 00.01 GMT on Thursday 31 December, all professional sporting events will be played behind closed doors without supporters present until further notice. This includes Friday’s visit of West Ham and the Club’s FA Cup third-round tie with Rotherham United on Saturday, 9 January.
Everton’s Premier League fixtures will continue to be shown live in the UK, with the visit of David Moyes’ West Ham on New Year's Day due to be broadcast on BT Sport 1 (kick-off 5.30pm GMT).
Any Season Ticket Members or Lounge Members successful in the ballot for the West Ham fixture will receive a pro-rata refund and be allocated priority, alongside supporters not able to attend the Club’s postponed match with Manchester City, when fans are permitted to attend matches again.
Season Ticket Members will continue to receive pro-rata refunds for every Premier League fixture they are unable to attend and the refunds will be processed in two instalments during the remainder of the season – February 2021 and June 2021. This follows on from the first refund instalment Season Ticket Members received in November 2020. For FAQ’s relating to the refund process click here.
Today’s announcement also means Everton Women’s future home matches, starting with the WSL fixture with Manchester United at Walton Hall Park on Sunday 10 January, will be played behind closed doors.
Club officials will remain in close contact with the Premier League and the relevant authorities with regards to any future changes in tier status for the Liverpool City Region and the possibility of supporters returning safely to Goodison Park.