Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said he is “confident” crowds will return to events from June 21, with some security measures such as masks and covid passports.
The minister’s positive assessment of the return of fans raises the exciting prospect of packed houses at Wembley for the later stages of Euro 2020 and packed stands for England’s exciting international cricket schedule.
Dowden says he is more confident “ with each passing day ” that phase four of the government’s roadmap to end the lockdown will be reached by June 21, including lifting and lifting all legal restrictions on social contact. of restrictions for major events.
June 21 has been cited as the earliest date when social distance will be dropped in England
Memories of Euro 96 have been revived with fans’ chance at Wembley for Euro 2020
Wembley Stadium could host a large audience for the Euro 2020 final in July of this year
‘We are currently on schedule with the roadmap [and] the vaccination is going as planned, ”Dowden said Thursday at a meeting of the Department for Culture Media and Sport Select Committee.
‘I am committed to getting a full reopening from June 21. With each passing day, I gain more confidence that we can achieve that.
“ Some sort of mitigation will be needed in … the areas of highest risk … ”
As reported by Sportsmail, there has been frustration among leading sports over a recent lack of clarity from the government on how it is proposing to reach full capacity for Britain’s Great Summer of Sport.
In addition to a fantastic football and cricket program, there is also Wimbledon, which starts at the end of June, the Grand Prix of British Formula 1, the Betfred Rugby League Challenge Cup final and the Open golf.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap creates the possibility of packed houses after June 21
But today Dowden said, “I’m confident as I speak now, we’ll stay on track for June 21.”
The Secretary of State warned MPs that a return to packed houses will depend on passing government tests, including the continued effectiveness of the vaccines, the number of hospitalizations, and whether any covid “ variants of care ” have emerged.
He said there are currently no worrisome variants that would prevent the UK from moving to phase four of the roadmap.
Dowden told MPs, “I can’t give full assurance until we announce phase four.”
It remains to be seen how quickly the number of sporting events can increase after June 21, as the government will not confirm its plans for step four of the roadmap until seven days before, that is, June 14.
The prospect of capacity constraints in the final phase of Euro 2020 seems a possibility
It seems highly unlikely that Wembley could receive a large audience when England play against the Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 group stage on June 22, but the final of the competition will be held in London on July 11, almost a month after the announcement of the step. four.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has given an optimistic assessment of the return of crowds
Currently, the FA has told UEFA that it is aiming for a half-full stadium – 45,000 fans – at the final. However, UEFA has given the Football Association until the beginning of June to determine the attendance for the semi-finals on 6 and 7 July and the final so that they can be staged.
Dowden responded to questions from MPs, who claimed that event organizers were not clear whether they could reopen fully or not.
“I think it is wise for the events to follow where we are with the roadmap to see that we are making progress,” he said.
“The likelihood of a full reopening in phase four from June 21 is much higher now than when we first proposed it.”
The Secretary of State said pilot events, which lasted until April and May, with 4,000 fans in the FA Cup semi-finals between Leicester City and Southampton and the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, provided insight into safety. measures that may be necessary.
One Day Internationals and Twenty20 games turn out to be some of the most popular events
They include factors such as ventilation, crowd control measures and mask wearing, as well as Covid certification, which would record whether a person has been vaccinated or passed a negative Covid test.
The minister said he hoped to provide advice on Covid certification soon, which is currently under review by the Cabinet Office.
And he added, “I expect we will reach the final stage, which is stage four of that roadmap.
The open question at this stage is the extent to which covid certification will take place in high-risk locations.
‘And we are now working right through the threshold for that.
“I’ve always been clear … we would have it in as few locations as possible and for a shorter period of time.”
From Monday, England will move to step three of the government’s roadmap. For larger performances and sporting events, the number of attendees is limited in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is the lowest.
For outdoor locations, the limit is 4,000 people or half full – again, whichever is the lower. And the largest outdoor seating, where crowds can be dispersed, can accommodate up to 10,000 people – or a quarter full, whichever is the lower.
England’s Summer of Sport
Main events after June 21 – the earliest date when all restrictions can be lifted:
June 11 – July 11: Football – Euro 2020 in various countries, including seven matches at Wembley
June 28 – July 11: Tennis – Wimbledon
June 23, 24 and 26: Cricket – England – Sri Lanka T20s
June 29, July 1 and 4: Cricket – England – ODI’s Sri Lanka
July 8, 10 and 13: Cricket – England v Pakistan ODI’s
July 13: Athletics – Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium
July 15-18: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s
July 16, 18 and 20: Cricket – England v Pakistan T20s
July 17: Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Wembley
July 18: Formula 1 – Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone
Aug 4-Sept 14: Cricket – England v India five test series
August 6: Football – EFL season begins
August 14: Football – Premier League season begins
August 19: Cricket – Royal London Cup Final
August 21: Cricket – The Hundred women’s and men’s final
September 18: Cricket – Vitality T20 Blast Semifinals and Final
Sept 28-Oct 1: Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s
October 3: Athletics – London Marathon
October 9: Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford