Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and English test cricket are just a few of the events set to welcome back up to 10,000 fans this summer as part of the Government’s four-step plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions.
Boris Johnson has confirmed the roadmap to end Britain’s coronavirus lockdown by June 21, which will begin when schools reopen and small outdoor actives are allowed on March 8.
Two weeks later outdoor sports facilities and organised sporting will return along with outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households.
That’s before a huge second step on April 12, which will see non-essential retail, indoor leisure centres and outdoor hospitality given the green light to reopen.
And on May 17 cinemas, hotels and sporting venues will be allowed to reopen, while the rule of six will be abolished for outdoor gatherings.
Should everything go as planned, the UK will be free of all Covid-19 social restrictions on June 21.
UK sporting chiefs can therefore prepare to welcome back fans at a reduce capacity in just under three months’ time.
Larger venues which hold at least 40,000 seats can bring up to 10,000 spectators back from May 17 onwards, while smaller arenas can reintroduce up to 25 per cent of their capacity.
Premier League fans will get to return for the final day of the 2020/21 campaign, which is due to be played on May 23.
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English football supporters will also be free to flock to Wembley Stadium for the Three Lions’ group-stage matches at Euro 2020, with their opener against Croatia to come on June 13.
Their final group outing against Czech Republic comes the day after Johnson plans to lift every Covid-19 restriction in the UK, meaning Wembley could be allowed an even bigger capacity.
Spectators will also be present at Wimbledon, which gets underway on June 28, as well as England’s test cricket series against India throughout August and September.
Racing fans can also head to Ascot this year from June 15-19, an event which had to be held without crowds in 2020.
And in golf, the Open Championships at Royal St George’s will be played in front of spectators from July 11-18.
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