According to a COVID-19 expert, massive events like the Cheltenham Festival couldn’t take place for “years”.
Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, has warned that despite coronavirus vaccinations, massive events will not recur anytime soon.
Spectators are currently not allowed to attend sporting events and large weddings cannot take place.
The Cheltenham Festival, which ended just over a week before England’s first crash, has been controversial despite calls for it to be deleted as the Covid crisis deepened rapidly. reports the mirror.
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 Sunday that some changes to large gatherings are likely to be in effect for “the next few years.”
He said Times Radio: “I can’t see we’re suddenly having another Cheltenham Festival with no regulations. I can’t see we’re having massive weddings with people from all over the world. I think those days are over for the next few years.
“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.
Under the government’s three-phase plan to ease the third national lockdown, 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.”