The British government unveiled its road map for easing the current lockdown measures earlier this week, which included plans for spectators to attend live sporting events by the summer. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament that "the turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate" as he outlined the blueprint for fans to return to the grandstands. Under the proposals, large outdoor seated venues will be permitted to allow up to 10,000 fans or 25% of the total seat capacity – whichever is lower – from 17 May. This could then be increased as early as 21 June, leading to suggestions that many of the UK's major summer sports events could enjoy capacity crowds amid the ongoing vaccination campaign and falling COVID-19 case numbers. The British Grand Prix ran behind closed doors in 2020, and while the race would be in line to benefit from the government measures on spectator access for 2021, managing director Stuart Pringle remained cautious in his messaging. "I'm cautiously optimistic, there is a long way to go," Pringle said in an interview with BBC 5 Live on Wednesday morning. "But the requirements have been clearly set out. There are variables that are within nobody's control, if… Read full this story
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