Thousands of fans will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time in more than a year on Sunday as part of a coronavirus trial.
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton will see 4,000 supporters in the stands – a fraction of Wembley’s 90,000 seats.
Sunday’s match, alongside the World Snooker Championship and two concerts in Liverpool, are part of the government’s Event Research Program (ERP).
Ministers plan to slowly allow participants to ditch face masks and social distancing measures to assess how larger events can play out safely when we come out of lockdown.
He will also test the idea of COVID certification to unlock parts of society, a concept that has been hotly contested by politicians so far.
The indoor pool tournament at the Sheffield Crucible Theater only allows around 300 fans – to facilitate social distancing – this weekend.
But gradually, the numbers will drop to half and then full capacity over the 17 days of the championship, or around 1,000 seats.
On May 15 – two days before the government will further facilitate the lockdown – the FA Cup final at Wembley will take place with 21,000 fans.
Anyone who attends any of the test events will be required to prove that they have tested negative on the Lateral Flow Test (LFT) within the last 36 hours.
They will also have to take a PCR test in the laboratory five days later.
All participants will have consented to participate in the government’s research program, and testing and traceability data will be shared with local authorities to detect any outbreaks as a result of the events.
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