The EFL was one of the co-signatories of an open letter released last night. The England and Wales Cricket Board, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Premier League were among those joining the EFL in writing to the Prime Minister and other senior politicians. The topic on the agends was to state the position that sports support Covid certification (testing and vaccination) review as a credible option to enable full venues from 21 June onwards.
The letter welcomed the Government’s commitment to securing a return of spectators to sporting events and the support all political parties and the devolved administrations have shown to returning sport at all levels throughout the pandemic. It stated the announcement by the Prime Minister that the Government’s roadmap for easing the lockdown restrictions remains on course is very welcome news. The sports bodies stated support for the Government’s ambition to secure the full return of fans, without restrictions if possible.
"Sporting events can continue to plan for the return of small numbers of spectators from 17 May," continued the letter. "At this stage of the process all spectators will need to follow social distancing requirements and attendance will be capped at a maximum of 25 per cent of larger venue’s capacity. However this will still be insufficient to end sport’s Covid financial crisis.
"It is important that we have certainty as soon as possible on the form this guidance will take so we can plan efficiently and effectively with many big sporting events scheduled for late June and onwards. The return of fans will give a huge boost to millions who enjoy a day out at a sporting event with their friends and families and be of great benefit to the economy. It is right that every possible action is considered to secure this outcome as soon as possible, but only for as long as an unrestricted return is considered unsafe to fans, matchday staff and the wider public. This includes investigating how a Covid certification arrangement could reduce and then safely remove the requirement for social distancing."
Other bodies to sign the letter were The AELTC, Wimbledon, Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union, Scottish Professional Football League and Silverstone Circuit. Brentford FC supports the messaging included. It can be read in full here.