Huge events and big weddings 'unlikely for a few years'

Huge events and big weddings are unlikely to recur for a few years due to the coronavirus threat, an expert warned.

Despite the mass vaccination program, Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said the British should expect some changes at large gatherings like the Cheltenham Festival for some time to come.

As the mirror It is reported that viewers are currently banned from participating in sporting events and large weddings cannot take place under the restrictions in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In 2020, the four-day Cheltenham Festival, which ended just over a week before England’s first crash, was controversial despite calls for it to be deleted as the Covid crisis deepened rapidly.

The rally of more than 250,000 people over the four days likely helped accelerate the spread of the coronavirus across the UK and contributed to an increase in deaths from Covid-19.

Other large gatherings and sporting events were taking place at the time, including Premier League and Champions League football games with crowded stadiums.

In the past few months, police have closed a number of large violating lockdown rules, including one attended by around 150 people at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in north London.

Professor Spector said some changes to large gatherings are likely to take place for “the next few years”.

He told Times Radio, “I can’t see that all of a sudden we have another Cheltenham Festival with no regulations. I can’t see that we have massive weddings with people from all over the world. I think these days will be for years to come so are.” Path.

“I think we should keep doing the simple things and keeping our distance in public, masks, hand washing etc, these things don’t really cost anything.”

He added, “I think we have to get used to it and that will allow us to do the things we really want more simply and easily.”

Regarding infection rates, as seen in his UK infection survey for the Zoe Covid Symptom Study, he said: “We are moving to where rates are generally much lower everywhere. We see about one in 170 people on average.”

When asked what level he would say it makes sense to loosen the restrictions, he replied, “I think around 1 in 250 I would be more comfortable, but it also depends on the context and things like how Hospitals and hospitals down mortality rates too, since I don’t think we should fixate on any particular parameter, we have to look at the bigger picture. “

Professor Spector said he believes the reintroduction of the rule of six, which allows people to meet outdoors, should be “definitely encouraged” around the same time that elementary schools return.

Schools in England are expected to reopen from March 8th with a staggered return of students.

The decentralized administrations in Wales and Scotland announced that some primary school year groups will be returning by February 22nd.

Under the government’s three-phase plan to ease the third lockdown in England, pubs and restaurants could reopen in April, though there will still be some restrictions.

It is said that punters are encouraged to drink outside.

When asked whether private gardens are safer than pubs or outdoor restaurants, he said: “My personal view, and I am not speaking for anyone here, is actually that a beer garden is sometimes more controlled than people’s houses and gardens.

“In general, most establishments behave well and I think they clean the tables and people keep their distance and I see no reason why we couldn’t move towards them in places that are well set up for it.”

As the UK emerged from the peak of the first wave of the pandemic in April last year, Sir David King, the government’s chief scientific adviser from 2000 to 2007, said the Cheltenham Festival may have helped accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.

Last May, Professor Spector said the Cheltenham Festival and Liverpool’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid, which saw some 52,000 people attending at Anfield, contributed to an increase in coronavirus deaths in the UK.

He said the events “caused increased suffering and death that would not otherwise have occurred”.

Data from his Zoe app showed that both Cheltenham and the Northwest became “key hotspots” for the virus, he added.

At this point, several European countries and cities had already imposed closures.

Mass gatherings were banned a little over a week later when the first lockdown was imposed.

The government and the racing industry have stated that they have followed the advice available at the time.

Cheltenham insisted that it was impossible to know how or where people got infected with the virus.


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