UK relax Covid rules for top sports events

The British Grand Prix could be one of the events to benefit from the UK's relaxed quarantine rules.
The British Grand Prix could be one of the events to benefit from the UK's relaxed quarantine rules.

Britain's Culture Secretary says participants in major upcoming sports events in England will be exempt from travel quarantine rules.

The UK government announced on Friday that it would end the 14-day coronavirus quarantine for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Australia and New Zealand - but not the United States.

Yet Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said new rules will allow exemptions for people involved in sport as well as film and television production.

"Sporting authorities, event organisers and the screen industry will need to follow Government Covid secure guidance and put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health," the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement.

"Exempted individuals will live and work in controlled "bubbled" environments behind closed doors."

The steps will help events such as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the track staging two Formula One races this year on August 2 and 9 and potentially Australia's cricket team for three ODIs and T20s that had originally been scheduled for July.

The exemptions, along with the creation of 'corridors' for a number of countries, will also ease the way for cricket and golf and should allow Manchester City to host their Champions League last-16 home leg against Real Madrid in August.

The World Snooker Championships, major darts, horse racing and other sporting events should also be positively impacted.

Dowden said: "I'm very pleased that we've agreed exemptions from border health measures for a limited number of athletes and events staff, which means the British summer of sport is back on."

Australian Associated Press