The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has revealed more details about The Championships 2021 (Wimbledon), including ticketing capacities, COVID-status certification and the role it will plat in the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP).
Further to discussions with Government, public health bodies and AELTC’s local authority in Merton, The Championships 2021 has been approved to take place as a pilot event in the third phase of the Government’s ERP.
Sally Bolton, chief executive of AELTC, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to stage The Championships in front of a minimum 50 per cent capacity crowd as part of the Government Events Research Programme and extend our thanks to all those we are working closely with to make this happen from Government, the public health bodies, Merton, and of course our own teams. Our aspiration is to stage the best Championships possible, but it has always been our absolute priority to do this safely. We hope that the COVID-status certification requirements for ticket-holders, and the Minimised Risk Environment for players, their teams and officials, will provide the reassurance to those in our community, and all those who make Wimbledon happen, that we will deliver on this paramount objective.”
An initial sale of tickets for the public will go live at 1pm BST on June 17.
Some of the measures in place for The Championships include:
- Ticketholders for The Championships will be required to follow strict entry requirements and provide consent to participate in the ERP’s science-led programme.
- All ticketholders attending Wimbledon 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).
- Proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of attending the event can be displayed via SMS text, or via email.
- Ticketholders will be required to wear face coverings while moving around the grounds. To further trial the suspension of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (face coverings and social distancing), the use of face coverings and social distancing will not be mandatory while ticketholders are seated at the venue.
- This will enable ticketholders to sit with any guest at any time, both in the court and in food and drink spaces. However, it is expected that there still to be a form of social distancing around the grounds, particularly in managing any queues.
- As agreed with the Government, The Championships 2021 will begin on June 28 with 50 per cent capacity across the grounds. Stadium capacities for Centre Court and No.1 Court will open at 50 per cent capacity, while the smaller show courts will be permitted to open at 75 per cent capacity.
- For the Fourth Round and Quarter-Finals, AELTC aims to increase Centre and No.1 Courts allocations, along with a number of Grounds Passes, and for the Semi-Finals and Finals, it aims to have 100 per cent capacity on Centre Court, with a small number of tickets on No.1 Court and Grounds Passes.
- Players, their support teams and officials will be part of a Minimised Risk Environment both on-site and at the official hotels, with an approved testing programme in place in order for them to qualify for exemption from general public quarantine requirements and to protect the health and safety of all. The requirement for the Minimised Risk Environment is unaffected by the participation of The Championships in the Events Research Programme.