British GP part of pilot scheme, talks ongoing

Following the delay in lifting of restrictions in the UK, Silverstone are discussing the possibility of a capacity crowd with the government.

It had initially been hoped that Silverstone would be able to have the race take place in front of a capacity crowd as mass gatherings were originally going to be allowed again from June 21 onwards.

However, as has been expected in recent days, the government has announced that that date has been pushed back to July 19.

With the race taking place on July 18, that would mean that, in line with the current measures in place, only 25% of the full capacity could be filled, around 30,000 fans.

However, there is still some hope that the crowds will be able to be much larger than that.

It has been confirmed that the event is one of those that are part of the Event Research Programme and may be allowed to welcome a high number of fans so that the government can better understand transmission rates at indoor and outdoor events.

“We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

“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.”

Indeed, the Telegraph has reported that Silverstone is currently in talks with the government and trying to get permission to have a full capacity at the race.

The publication claims that, due to the fact that it is outdoor, spread out and most people travel to it by car rather than public transport, it stands a good chance of getting such permission.

A final decision and announcement are expected to be made later this week.

 

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