KEIGHLEY Cougars are preparing to welcoming fans back to Cougar Park.

A limited number of supporters could return there as soon as their League 1 fixture against the Rochdale Hornets on Sunday, May 23.

Furthermore, larger crowds could return after the key date of Monday, June 21, which could see the lifting of most Covid restrictions in the country ahead of Keighley's home fixture against the London Skolars on Sunday, June 26.

As it stands, matchday at Cougar Park will be subject to limited capacity and Covid restrictions

The club are awaiting confirmation on the capacity allowed inside Cougar Park under Covid restrictions by both the Rugby Football League and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Once this number has been confirmed, should fans be allowed into sports stadia on the current projected dates, any home fixture played with Covid restrictions in place will be ALL TICKET in order for the club to not breach the capacity allowance.

This will mean all tickets will need to be purchased in advance either online or at the club office. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

For everyone’s safety, while Covid restrictions are still in place, there will be a one way system implemented.

This will allow staggered entry and exit into Cougar Park in order to maintain social distancing protocols.

Spectators will be issued an arrival time and a zone to stand/sit in. The club ask that all fans adhere to these times and areas. Changing ends at half-time will unfortunately be prohibited.

It is also asked that people do not stand or sit with any fellow supporter who is not in their social bubble under current Covid guidelines and restrictions.

As you may have seen throughout pre-season on the club social media channels, to facilitate the need for a Covid testing area for essential staff, and socially distanced changing areas for players and coaches of both the Cougars and the opposition, the bar areas at the ground will not be in use for spectators.

The club are currently working on plans to facilitate the sale of food and drink within Cougar Park and will make a further statement on the matter closer to the Rochdale fixture, should the government’s current proposed roadmap work as planned.

Cougars said: "Please remember that even though these guidelines may seem strict, they have been put in place to keep all involved, including supporters, players, and staff, safe from the threat of Covid.

"They are also here to both ease and alleviate the fears of those who want to attend games but may still feel unsure about being around relatively large crowds after the past twelve months."