'No Zero Risk': U.K. Decision to Increase Wembley
By admin - June 27, 2021

The UK is certainly getting on top of things with the virus, but many people suggest that they shouldn’t be lax about the situation. There have been accusations that said that opening so early may threaten to fully lift lockdowns restrictions in England. Here are the highlights:

  • UEFA has requested European soccer’s governing body to expand the fan attendance to 75% of the 90,000-seat stadium for the semifinals (July 6-7) and the finals (July 11). Britain agreed which will make these three matches the largest gathering at a sports event since March 2020.
  • With this increase in fans, it’s understandable that many are worried it’ll cause new infections to soar in the UK. Not only has it been Europe’s second-worst pandemic toll, but the Delta variant is out there now.
  • Speaking of which Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, said that allowing 60,000 fans in the stadium would be a recipe for disaster because the Delta variant is around 40-80% more contagious.
  • Furthermore, he argues that why would they rock the boat and risk the end of lockdown on July 19?
  • While being outside offsets the risk, there are still tens of thousands of fans moving in and out of the stadium. No zero risk doesn’t exist in this situation especially when fans go to clubs and bars afterward.
  • The U.K. has seen a spike in the younger crowd because a lot of them are still unvaccinated.
  • Those that attend the Wembley matches and the Wimbledon Tennis finals at the stadium need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or full vaccination. 
  • They’re going to use these recent large-scale events as a test to see if these types of events work. It’ll be interesting to see what concerts and sporting events can rise in capacity going forward.