It’s been well over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began which means we’re all quite used to the restrictions that have been imposed upon everyday life. The most recent lockdown began all the way back in January, however the Prime Minister recently put a stop to the proposed lifting of all rules and regulations intended for June 21st. Instead, it’s looking like Freedom Day will be July 19th after all.
This decision has not only set back dozens of businesses that were planning to reopen, but it also left many sporting events in the dark as to whether or not they would be able to host with a reduced or full capacity crowd. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom for Formula 1 as the British Grand Prix, which is set to take place at Silverstone in July, has been granted test event status! Here are all the details…
The GP is set to take place just a mere day before the restrictions in England are said to be lifted – July 18th to be exact – which left fans uncertain as to how the event would proceed. However, thanks to the provision of test event status there’s nothing stopping the F1 race going ahead with a full capacity crowd, and interest is expected to be higher than ever. After all, 2019 saw the number of spectators in attendance hit 141,000 on race day!
It has been announced that organisers will be contacting ticket holders in order to explain how the weekend will transpire as an official pilot event, which leads us to believe that COVID-19 safety measures like social distancing and the wearing of face masks will still be in effect. In fact, it’s already been confirmed that spectors will be asked to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48-hours of arriving at Silverstone or show proof of full vaccination.
After staging two closed-door races during the summer of 2020, Silverstone are keen to allow fans to return safely to the track by working closely with the government and health officials. Are you looking forward to a full capacity crowd F1 event? Let us know your thoughts and British Grand Prix predictions today!