Final Euros games at Wembley to host larger crowds in extension of Events Research Programme

At least 40,000 fans will be allowed for the final four Euros fixtures at Wembley including the semi-finals and final

  • Wimbledon also to have increasing capacities throughout the Championships, with the Men’s and Women’s Finals on 10th and 11th July being played in front of a full Centre Court
  • More sports and cultural events also to be included in next stage of the Events Research Programme
  • NHS App and Lateral Flow Tests to be used to deliver safe events

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today announced that some of the biggest events in the summer’s sporting calendar including the final four UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships will go ahead with greater capacities, as part of the latest phase of the Government’s world-leading Events Research Programme.

The next phase of the ERP will also include more sports and cultural pilots as the government plans up to 20 events that will allow audience numbers to return close to full capacity. The pilots will continue to trial the use of covid status certification at mass participation events ahead of the outcome of the Cabinet Office’s ongoing Covid status certification review.

The third phase of the programme will see the UEFA EURO 2020 Round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium on June 29th staged at 50% capacity as well as the semi-finals and final in July. Under this arrangement around 40,000 fans will be present for these matches, the largest crowd in the UK in over 15 months.

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships which begin on June 28th, will also commence with 50 percent ground capacity, rising to 100 percent on Centre Court for the finals. Full details of capacity limits for each specific event will be set out in due course.

The pilots will involve a significant increase in trialling the use of the NHS App and Lateral Flow Testing, to be used as proof of Covid status. Trials of the NHS App will be run to assess whether it can also be used to display a user’s natural immunity status.

The next phase of the ERP includes a number of trials of indoor events which develop additional scientific research and evidence, as well as implementation considerations.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good. The expansion of trials of the NHS App and Lateral Flow Testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our Events Research Programme. In the next few weeks this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.

The use of at-home Lateral Flow Tests will continue to feature as part of the latest phase.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work closely with the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the Joint Biosecurity Centre and local leaders and directors of public health to consider whether events can safely go ahead.

PAYadvice.UK 16/6/2021

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