Sporting venues in England are set to return to full capacity from July 19 after the Government announced plans to ease remaining restrictions on social distancing.
Despite limited or non-existent crowds at events so far – as well as the trialling of test events – the Government is confident that the rollout of the vaccine has helped limit the link between rates of COVID-19 infections and rates of hospitalisation and death.
A final decision on whether to lift the remaining restrictions in England on July 19 will be taken next Monday, but stadiums are set to be allowed full capacity from July 19.
Recent test events have trialled the use of COVID certification – where spectators must provide proof of either full vaccination, a recent negative test or existing immunity – but these so-called ‘vaccine passports’ will not now be compulsory for entry.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at Monday afternoon’s press conference: “We’ll move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus.
“From step four we will remove all legal limits on the numbers meeting indoors and outdoors.
“We will allow all businesses to reopen, including nightclubs, we will lift the limit on named visitors to care homes and the numbers of people attending concerts, theatre, and sports events.”