Wimbledon Opens Gates to Full-capacity

England has become “the first country in the world, since the pandemic broke, to be able to return a Grand Slam tournament to full capacity for the Men’s and Women’s finals,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said, Wimbledon reported. The Wimbledon Championships, which runs June 28-July 11, also will allow “a minimum 50 percent capacity crowd,” over the fortnight, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Chief Executive Sally Bolton added.

All attending ticket holders at the Championships “will be required to show proof of COVID status upon entry, either in the form of both vaccinations (first and second dose), and with the second dose 14 days ago; or a negative lateral flow test (for those aged 11 and over),” the same article mentioned. People moving around the grounds will be required to wear a mask, however not when seated in any one “venue.”

To keep crowds moving and socially distanced, which will not be required, the grounds will open one hour earlier than in the past: 10 a.m. As a result of that, matches will start on the outlining courts one hour earlier than traditionally scheduled: 11 a.m.

In additionally to these changes, Middle Sunday, a day of rest during the fortnight, has been eliminated.

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