By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 08 Feb 2021 • 7:58
Big Weddings and Large Crowds At Sporting Events 'Years Away' Say Experts. image: Pixabay
Big Weddings and Large Crowds At Sporting Events Including Music Concerts ‘Years Away’ Say Experts.
BIG WEDDINGS, large crowds at sporting events and live music concerts could be years away say experts. Restrictions on large gatherings are likely “for the next few years”, the scientist leading the UK’s Covid symptom app study has warned.
Prof Tim Spector, from King’s College London, predicted that large sporting events and big weddings, especially with international guests, will remain on hold long after the second wave recedes. The epidemiologist, who provides the most up-to-date rolling study on infection levels, said social distancing, mask-wearing and handwashing should continue well into the future.
However, he called for the return of outdoor gatherings as soon as schools reopen, possibly as early as next month. Professor Spector said the reintroduction of the “rule of six” should be “definitely encouraged”.
“I can’t see us suddenly having another Cheltenham Festival with no regulations again, I can’t see us having massive weddings with people coming from all over the world, I think for the next few years those days are gone. I think we should still continue to do the easy things, keeping our distance from each other in public, masks, handwashing etc. These things don’t cost really anything to do.” he said.
He added: “I think we need to get used to that, and that will allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily.”
Held in the middle of March, last year’s Cheltenham horse racing festival – which attracted average crowd sizes of 63,000 a day – was one of the last major spectator events to take place before the first lockdown was called on March 23rd.
Some experts have said it hastened the spread of the virus, pointing to high death rates in Gloucestershire.
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