Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is now anticipating many crowds at Euro 2020 matches to be played at Wembley Stadium this summer.
The government has revealed that only 15 cases of coronavirus were the result of widespread testing at events in April and May, among the 58,000 people who took part.
The trial events include the FA Cup semi-finals and final, and the Carabao Cup final. The success of the trials has given the minister more confidence that restrictions on social distance can be lifted from June 21, the next step in the government’s roadmap to emerge from lockdown.
June 21 has been cited as the earliest date when social distance will be dropped in England
“ I hope that by June 21, we will light up the West End again, with stadiums full and lights, and bring Technicolor back into our national life, ” Dowden told Evening standard.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has given an optimistic assessment of the return of crowds
The April and May trial events were based on covid infection testing, use of face masks, crowd control, and ventilation.
The next phase will test larger crowds at less than 10 events. Some of these events also include covid passport testing, Sportsmail understands.
Two Euro 2020 matches at Wembley will be included in the trial. England against Croatia on June 13 and against Scotland on June 18. The FA has told UEFA that 22,000 fans will attend every game. It is not clear whether these games require Covid passports.
The Cabinet Office has been reviewing passports – referred to as covid certification by the government – in recent months.
The NHS app is being developed to record an individual’s vaccination status or a recent negative test for covid. Supported by sports organizations, including football, the cabinet aims to make events accessible to everyone.
COVID TEST EVENTS – RESULTS
4 fallen at World Snooker Championships, performed indoors at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield for 17 days
0 business at the Brit Awards
2 fallen at outdoor music festival in Sefton Park, Liverpool, among 5,900 people
0 fallen during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley between Leicester City and Southampton, attended by 4,000 fans
0 fallen at the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, attended by 8,000
0 fallen at the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea, attended by 21,000
9 fallen a nightclub in Liverpool for two days without masks, attended by 6,000 people
Wembley Stadium could host a large audience for the Euro 2020 final in July of this year
Currently, in step three of the government’s roadmap to end the lockdown, the number of visitors in the largest stadiums is limited to 10,000. And it stays that way until the country moves to step four.
The low number of infections resulting from the Phase 1 events trial, Dowden’s continued optimistic assessment of full stadium capacity this summer and the covid passport trials fuel all the hopes of 90,000 fans at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final on July 11 .
Premier League director Bill Bush said the parliament administration should prepare for covid passports
For that to happen, the government must first approve the move to step four of the June 21 roadmap, which removes restrictions on social distance. That decision will be based on an assessment of the spread of the virus, its impact on health, the progress of the vaccination program and the emergence of variants of concern.
In addition, ministers are likely to review the results of the phase two studies, including the impact of covid passports.
There are two questions. Can we move on to phase four on June 21? I hope I hope we can. We certainly do not rule it out. Then the second question is ‘how’ and this is about the kind of mitigation measures you may need. ‘
Asked if he could imagine theaters being allowed to sell every seat instead of keeping a few empty. Mr. Dowden admitted he was tempted to say he was “confident,” but decided on the more cautious sentence, “I am very hopeful.”
Scientists have recognized that outdoor locations, where ventilation is much better, are generally safer than indoors, due to the spread of the coronavirus.
A socially distant audience of up to 10,000 spectators was allowed to return to the Premier League games last week
However, very large events, such as those with 90,000 attendees, bring additional challenges to maintaining public transport safety, which the government must also take into account.
As a result, covid passports may still be required to allow for big crowds at summer events, or maintain high numbers if the virus makes a comeback later in the year.
Premier League director Bill Bush said yesterday that covid passports will be needed to end the ‘torture’ of socially distant supporters, if not fans at all. He said it was important to do work now to ensure Covid certification is ready as and when it is needed.
Bill Bush said clubs welcomed fans to reconnect with supporters instead of making money
‘We prefer a covid certification scheme that covers very much both vaccination and testing because it will likely require relapse.
‘We fall back on a certified population rather than social distance and all the destruction of opportunities and destruction of income that flow from [that]. ‘
Covid certification, popularly known as covid passports, would involve a registration of vaccination or a recent test for the virus, confirming that a person is covid-free at the time.
“To know that tested, operational covid certification is available at very short notice would be a great reassurance,” Bush told the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
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