EXCLUSIVE: ALL Euro 2020 matches at Wembley will be given an exemption from lockdown rules even if Prime Minister Boris Johnson delays Freedom Day – with a minimum of supporters 22,500 allowed in
Every Euro 2020 match at Wembley will be given an exemption from lockdown rules even if Prime Minister Boris Johnson delays Freedom Day.
Rumours of a possible delay to the final stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which would see social distancing restrictions lifted, have raised questions about what will happen at sports events in the coming weeks.
Sports are desperate to increase capacities above the current limit of 10,000 spectators, or 25 per cent of stadium capacities at smaller venues.
June 21 has been named as the earliest date social distancing will be dropped
To date, only those events that have been part of the government’s Events Research Programme have been allowed more than 10,000 fans.
The Football Association was required to give UEFA a commitment that at least 22,5000 fans will attend each of the seven games hosted in London.
However, if Freedom Day on June 21 is pushed back it is expected that the country will remain in Step Three, with the restrictions on crowd numbers still in place.
But Sportsmail understands the government will not row back on its commitment to UEFA and the round of 16 matches, semi-finals and finals will all be allowed to go ahead with at least 22,500 spectators.
If restrictions ease, attendances could still increase in the latter stages of the competition.
The first three matches, in Group D, when England play Croatia on June 13, Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic on June 22, have been designated test events and are allowed 22,500 fans, who will trial covid certification measures.