The UK’s biggest sports organisations have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister, alongside other political leaders, supporting the use of COVID-19 certification in order to reopen large events this summer.
The letter, which has been signed by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), English Football League (EFL), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Football Association (The FA), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Premier League, Rugby Football League (RFL), Rugby Football Union (RFU_, Scottish Professional Football League, and Silverstone Circuit, publicly backed the use of a 'COVID-passport' to enable venues to reopen at full-capacity after June 21.
The group addressed the letter to party leaders, including Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer, as well as the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, SNP, and Plaid Cymru.
“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 letter read.
“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.”
Although in support of its use to spectate professional sport, the group highlighted that it should not be required to take part in grassroots sports.
Author: Jake Wilkin