Re-open for business in the UK: How to safely reintroduce sports fans into sporting venues

They say a week is a long time in sport. No wonder then that the sight of fans standing shoulder to shoulder in sporting venues around the country seems like such a distant memory, four months on from the UK Government's introduction of lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the "shoulder to shoulder" aspect will remain largely absent for the foreseeable future, the government announced on Friday 17 June that a number of elite sporting events have been selected for a pilot which will see spectators admitted to sporting venues for the first time since March. If the pilot is a success, sports fans up and down the country may be allowed through turnstiles from as early as October although, of course, they will be fewer in number when they do return.

The success of Competition Delivery Partners' (CDPs) plans to welcome back spectators will depend on the quality of the preparation, communication and execution of such plans. We have drawn out some of the key issues for CDPs to consider when implementing the Guidance.

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