Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the postponement of the fourth stage of the government’s roadmap, which was due to take place on Monday, June 21, will allow more people to receive their second vaccine before further easing of restrictions.
The proposed extension will be reviewed to see if action can be taken two weeks earlier on Monday, July 5.
“We will continue to pilot events such as Euro 2020 and some theatrical performances,” Johnson said on Monday, indicating that they will be allowed larger crowds than under restrictions currently in place elsewhere under the program. of research.
The Culture Secretary confirmed later Monday evening that the next phase of the events research program will include “up to 20 events that will bring audiences back to near capacity.”
The Euro 2020 round of 16 match on June 29, as well as the semi-finals and final in July taking place at Wembley, will be played at 50% capacity, meaning around 40,000 fans Will be present.
Wimbledon, which begins on June 28 for a fortnight, will operate at 50% capacity, rising to 100% on center court for the final.
“Full details of capacity limits for each specific event will be defined in due course,” a statement from the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports said.
The Formula 1 British Grand Prix over the weekend of July 16-18 is said to be under consideration for test event status.
For events that are not part of the ERP, the rules will remain as they are since May 17 and will remain in place until July 19 at the earliest.
The R&A issued a statement shortly after Johnson’s announcement reassuring fans that he will be able to confirm arrangements for The Open – to be held at Royal St George’s July 11-18 – “in the next days ”as he continues to discuss with the government and public health authorities.
For outdoor venues with a capacity of 16,000 or more seats, the limit is 10,000 or 25% of the capacity, whichever is lower.
For outdoor sites with less seating than that, the limit is 4000 or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower. For indoor sites, the limit is 1000 or 50% capacity, whichever is lower.
This will put additional pressure on match day revenue for many sports clubs and governing bodies, a source of revenue that has been virtually non-existent during the coronavirus pandemic and something the government has recognized in its sports survival packages. winter and summer.
While the step three restrictions are based solely on social distancing, test events are expected to continue to examine other mitigation measures.
Euro 2020 group matches, for example, require ticket holders to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test result.
A number of sports bodies have supported the idea of some form of Covid certification for entry to events, with Premier League executive director Bill Bush describing it in the past as an “acceptable burden” and claiming the alternative would be small crowds and a ban on fans outside.
Its general manager Richard Masters is hoping the 2021-22 Premier League season will start in front of venues at full capacity in mid-August.