UK Govt’s Covid-19 Scheme Test Shows Mass Event Can Be Conducted Safely

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Major events “can be handled securely,” according to data from the UK government’s Covid pilot scheme to assess the return of large crowds to venues. During the four-month study, case counts were “roughly in line with or below” population infection rates, according to data from 37 events, including the British Grand Prix and Wimbledon.

However, data from the Euro 2020 final suggests that 2,295 persons at or near Wembley were likely already infected, with another 3,404 acquiring Covid-19 in the area.

“We’ve shown that we can reintroduce mass sports and cultural events safely but it is important that people remain cautious when mixing in very crowded settings,” said culture secretary Oliver Dowden.

“So that we can keep the football season, theatres and gigs safe with full crowds this winter, I urge sport, music and culture fans to get the vaccine as this is the safest way we can get big events firing on all cylinders once more.”

London theatre performances and music festivals, such as Download, Tramlines, and Latitude, as well as athletic events, were included in the government’s Events Research Programme.

Sourcre: BBC Sport

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