After being forced to hold two Formula 1 races behind closed doors and cancel its MotoGP race in 2020 following the start of the pandemic, Silverstone has worked to safely welcome fans to its 2021 events. .
The F1 British Grand Prix is scheduled for July 16-18, while the MotoGP race takes place on August 29.
The UK government has outlined a roadmap for easing restrictions in the coming months, including allowing large outdoor venues to allow up to 10,000 fans or 25% of total capacity – whichever is greater. low of both – from May 17.
There could then be further easing of restrictions from June 21 to allow capacity crowds at all major UK summer sporting events.
Silverstone has now fully supported the vaccine passport and COVID-19 testing projects before allowing fans to attend its events, ensuring they operate safely.
The Circuit joined bodies such as the FA, EFL, Premier League, RFU, ECB and Wimbledon in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leaders of opposing political parties on the matter.
Agencies said plans to cap attendance at 25% of capacity would be “still insufficient to end the COVID financial crisis in sports,” explaining the push to return to larger crowds through a program of vaccination passport.
“It is right that all possible actions be considered to secure this result as quickly as possible, but only as long as an unrestricted return is considered dangerous for fans, match day staff and the general public,” we read in the letter.
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“This includes studying how a COVID certification deal could reduce and then safely remove the social distancing requirement.
“There are many issues that need to be addressed, including how the technology works and how easy it is to use at major events, for both attendees and organizers.
“All of our sports can see the benefit of a COVID certification process in getting more fans safely back to their sport as quickly as possible. We know that our stadiums can only be fully filled with a process of insurance.
“This process must ensure that everyone can access the stadiums and must include provisions to verify a negative COVID test or antibody test alongside vaccination certification.
“The final approach must not be discriminatory, must protect privacy and have clear exit criteria.”
More than half of all adults in the UK have already received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but it is not expected to reach all adults until July.
Some sporting events have already sketched out plans to reduce crowds. Up to 8,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Carabao Cup final at Wembley later this month, while the stadium plans to operate at 50% capacity for its Euro 2020 events this summer.
But the vaccine passport proposal has met opposition from some British lawmakers who fear creating a “two-tier” society.