Albion executives will meet at noon to discuss the impact of the second lockdown.

They expect yesterday’s announcement by Boris Johnson to “further hamper” efforts to bring fans back to stadia.

But essentially the increased Covid controls which come into the place from Thursday do not make a huge change to operations.

Operating policies for staff and players are being examined as the club’s most influential figures talk today.

Deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber told The Argus: “With men’s and most likely women’s games still going ahead as planned, we will obviously still need our staff to work at the stadium and training ground, so I don’t anticipate major changes to our current operations.

“Clearly, a second lockdown does however further hamper the discussion about fans returning to watch matches in the stadium but we fully appreciate and respect the need to keep people as safe as possible at this time, and to protect the NHS.

“Looking ahead, nothing changes. We need to be ready and fully prepared to safely welcome fans back when it is possible for us to do so.

“For clubs at all levels, particularly those outside the Premier League, this is financially critical.”

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Albion are hosting fans to a carefully controlled and socially-distanced indoor screening of the game at Spurs this evening as a tentative start to welcoming the public back to the Amex.

Future such initiatives would appear to be on hold from Thursday as part of the new lockdown measures.