Social distancing ‘can be axed and big crowds can return’ as crowds ‘are safe’

Social distancing for big events can be axed from June 21, it is claimed.

A pilot scheme of big events reportedly found there was no spike in coronavirus cases among people who attended reopening trials.

These are said to have included the FA Cup semi-final, Carabao Cup final and World Snooker Championship.

The FA Cup semi-final at London’s Wembley Stadium between Leicester City and Southampton had 4,000 people attend.

And 8,00 went to the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham, while up to 1,000 watched the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be told the results in an interim report next week, it is said.

They show crowds can return safely and without social distancing – so long as measures including staggered entries and good ventilation are put in place, the Telegraph reports.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has been running the Events Research Programme.

And it has reportedly found many measures introduced in the trials seem to be working.

Testing is heavily emphasised in the report.

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A source claimed it showed, "there are some effective ways to manage risk that could remove the need to have social distancing at events”.

The report, by the science board on the Events Research Programme, names measures including better ventilation, staggered entry and clear communication with people attending.

More pilot events will take place next month, with the initial results labelled as coming from scientists.

The results come as Covid cases remain low across the country, as efforts continue to vaccinate the UK’s population.

Millions have received their jab, while fierce debates are raging about when foreign summer holidays will return.

Meanwhile, government scientists say hugging your loved ones will hopefully be safe by June.

Official statistics claim seven in ten adults in England now have Covid antibodies.

And a quarter have had both jabs, raising hopes all lockdown rules will be scrapped by June 21 – the last date in the government’s roadmap.

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