|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 31 July-16 August|
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Fans are expected to be allowed into the Crucible Theatre this weekend for the final of the World Snooker Championship, BBC Sport understands.
That means the Crucible could welcome around 300 fans for the final two days.
More pilot events are due to be announced in the coming days, involving indoor and outdoor sports.
The government’s ambition to allow a wider return of fans to sport from 1 October is still said to be on track.
The World Snooker Championship became the first indoor live sports event to have crowds since lockdown, allowing some supporters in for the three sessions on 31 July.
However, no more fans have been allowed to watch live sport since 1 August because of a spike in cases that led to all pilots being called off, including Glorious Goodwood and county cricket at The Oval and Edgbaston.
Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan previously criticised the decision to allow fans into the arena, saying it created an “unnecessary risk”, while qualifier Anthony Hamilton, who suffers from severe asthma, withdrew on the eve of the tournament.
It has not yet been confirmed how many fans will be permitted to attend on Saturday and Sunday, but seating plans had been devised that would enable audience members only to sit directly next to people who they purchased tickets with and were members of the same household groups.
Such arrangements would enable a metre of space between people from separate bubbles.
The code of conduct for fans instructed them they had to wear a mask while walking around the Crucible, but could remove it while watching the action, and the bars would not be open.
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