Silverstone Backs the Call for Vaccine Passports
Silverstone has joined the FA, Premier League, RFU, and ECB in backing ‘vaccine passports’ to help fill stadiums as soon as possible.
Together with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Rugby Football League, English Football League, and Scottish Professional Football League, the organisations asked the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, to provide “certainty as soon as possible” regarding the timeframe for spectators returning to stadiums at full capacity.
The UK government had previously outlined a general roadmap for easing Covid restrictions in the coming months. The plan includes allowing seated outdoor arenas to host up to 25% of the total capacity or 10,000 fans (whichever is lower) starting May 17.
Pending a good pandemic outlook in the UK, further restrictions could be lifted from June 21 onwards, allowing full-capacity crowds at all major summer sports events, including the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit.
In a public letter signed by the organisations mentioned above, gratitude is expressed for “the Government’s commitment to securing a return of spectators to sporting events and the support all political parties and the devolved administrations have shown to returning sport at all levels throughout the pandemic.”
The statement also expresses full support for the Government’s plans, stating all of the signees would work closely with the Events Research Programme (ERP) “to explore all of the options that will allow [them] to swiftly return to full capacities.”
“Looking ahead to June 21, we support the Government’s ambition to secure the full return of fans, without restrictions if possible. […] It is important that we have certainty as soon as possible on the form this guidance will take so we can plan efficiently and effectively with many big sporting events scheduled for late June and onwards.”
The organisations conclude that “the return of fans will be of great benefit to the economy” and that “the final approach must not be discriminatory, should protect privacy, and have clear exit criteria.”
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