The British government plans to test a public comeback for a sporting event on the occasion of an FA Cup semi-final but also the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.
This is news which can only delight the many English football fans. One of the two semi-finals of the FA Cup is indeed envisaged to test a return of the public to the stadiums, announced this Monday, March 29 Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and at Sports. “We want the public to return with as many guarantees as possible in terms of their safety., Dowden told the BBC. We want to make it as easy and convenient as possible for people. This is why we are going to carry out these pilot actions.“
This public return test could take place on the occasion of one of the two FA Cup semi-finals, at Wembley: Chelsea – Manchester City on April 17 or Leicester – Southampton on the 18th. The Cup final and the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield (April 17 – May 3) are also on the list of events that have been checked for public feedback, but the full list of selected events is not yet official. “The plan is to look at factors like one-way systems, ventilation in a stadium, and how you interact in terms of entering and leaving the venue.“said Secretary of State Oliver Dowden.
England entered the second phase of a very gradual deconfinement plan on Monday, made possible by the progress of anti-Covid vaccination. The next stage scheduled for May 17, 2021 provides for the authorization for the stadiums to open with a reception capacity of 25% up to 10,000 spectators maximum.