UK relax quarantine rules for major sporting events

Lawrence Kim
July 7, 2020

Some sports teams and production crews won't have to quarantine upon arrival in England if they are important to the event or production, BBC News reports.

New quarantine exemptions will allow major sporting events, as well as TV and film productions, to go ahead this summer, the government has said.

The scheme will apply to individuals coming into England specifically to work on film and television productions which qualify as British under one of the government's cultural tests or official co-production treaties. This will allow for the staging of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone and the resumption of the UEFA Champions League, both in August.

However, those involved will instead live and work in "bubbled" environments behind closed doors, United Kingdom culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.

The news also provides the official green light for a summer of global cricket, with the West Indies having been in "bubble" conditions ahead of the start of the first Test against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.

The government said sporting authorities and event organisers will need to follow Covid-secure guidance and put in place "stringent protocols" to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health. But Spain, Greece and Austria are already on the list of exempted countries.

No other sporting events have yet been identified for exemption but it is promised that more will soon receive clearance, including events in darts and horse racing.

'It will mean that fans of the British Grand Prix, global cricket and Champions League football can look forward to yet more sporting action on home soil - a further boost to our national recovery'.

There was a possibility the game might have had to be played in a neutral venue, with current restrictions forcing some travelers to Britain to quarantine for two weeks.

The exemptions, along with the creation of "corridors" for a number of countries, will also ease the way for cricket and golf and should allow Manchester City to host their Champions League last-16 home leg against Real Madrid in August. Moreover, the PGA British Masters Championship and the World Snooker Championships have been given the greenlight.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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