British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Monday, announced a four-week delay to the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England due to a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant.
However, in the wake of the Euro 2020, the Wembley stadium was granted an exemption from the lockdown easing. The stadium will be allowed to admit up to 45,000 fans for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020.
The semi-finals and Final will be classified as part of the UK government’s “events research programme”, which allows rules on public gatherings to be suspended, the Guardian reported.
The ease of the lockdown would have brought the social distancing and mask-wearing to an end. But now that has been pushed back to July 19.
England’s first two group stage matches are also part of this programme. Currently, only a probable 22,500 people will be allowed in the stadium.
According to a report, by the time the three major events take place, the lockdown will further be eased, which will see the stadium to be half-full.
In order to gain entry in the field, spectators will have to show proof of a negative COVID test or have a “vaccine passport”.
On Sunday, England began their Euro 2020 finals campaign with a 1-0 win against Croatia. The official attendance fell short of the permitted capacity, with only 18,497 people in attendance.