The list of nine “test” events for vaccination records was released by the government today (Easter Sunday).
The sporting and entertainment events are part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap back to normal life, with the first just two weeks away.
Scientists will use the data to determine if a vaccination record is an effective way to bring back large-scale gatherings without driving up Covid infection rates.
The mirror reports how nine dates were identified in the diary – all with a crowd of up to 21,000.
The Prime Minister will announce them tomorrow, as well as an update on other phases of his roadmap that are not locked.
In his Easter Monday announcement, Mr Johnson will also confirm exactly what regulations will be put in place to allow people to attend sporting events, nightclubs and theaters.
It takes into account a person’s vaccination status, a recent negative COVID-19 test, or natural immunity demonstrated by creating a positive PCR test in the past six months.
The first event is slated to start as early as next week and is part of the overall plan to end social distancing measures by June 21.
Scientists will be at the venues overseeing everything from ventilation to people’s behavior, and each event will be used to test different elements.
Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove pointed out that vaccination certificates are the way forward, but there is strong opposition to “vaccination certificates” from many MPs.
“Vaccination is an extremely powerful tool, but it can never offer one hundred percent protection. So we need to look at all of the options potentially available to ensure the fastest, safest and most sustainable route back to normal,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.
The “test” events are:
1st Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool, April 16th
A crowd of 300 can visit the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool to watch the Paul Smith, Adam Rowe, Jamie Sutherland and Mick Ferry comics. The event takes place at the Hot Water Comedy Club.
2nd FA Cup Semi-Finals, Wembley Stadium, April 18th
Before the FA Cup final, the semi-finals between Leicester City and Southampton will be played at Wembley. 4,000 fans can watch. The winners will face either Manchester City or Southampton in the final.
It will be the largest audience in UK football since the initial lockdown, but tickets will only be given to residents such as Brent Council staff, health workers, teachers and students over the age of 18.
3rd World Snooker, Crucible Theater, April 17th – May 3rd
Tickets for a full house of 1,000 snooker lovers attending the World Championships at Sheffield’s Crucible Theater are already sold out.
4. Luna Cinema, Liverpool, 23.-25. April
The Luna cinema shows films in an open-air event, in which 1,000 film fans can take part.
5. Fun Runs with 3,000 participants, Hatfield House, 24.-25. April
Hatfield House in Hertfordshire hosts three 10 km long fun runs, each with 3,000 runners and up to 3,000 spectators.
6th Carabao Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, April 25th
4,000 spectators can watch the Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City at Wembley.
It is unclear whether City fans will be allowed to travel from Manchester for the game.
A negative cross flow test, taken less than 24 hours in advance, is required to participate. The audience must then perform a home PCR test.
7th ACC Business Event, Liverpool, April 28th
A business conference with 1,000 participants will take place at the ACC Liverpool at the end of April.
People attending the conference must have a side-flow COVID-19 test beforehand.
8th Circus Nightclub, Liverpool, April 30th – May 1st
Dance music fans look forward to circus club evenings, in which 3,000 can participate.
The venue has not yet been announced and ticket details will be announced later, organizers say.
9th FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, May 15th
In the finals of the world’s oldest knockout soccer competition, 21,000 fans were able to visit Wembley.
As one of the highlights of the sports calendar, Arsenal won the competition last year when the game was played behind closed doors for the first time in its history.