Government planning ‘to lift social distancing and get crowds back to stadiums’ – Latest News


They are reportedly eyeing November 1 as a date when coronavirus social distancing may be lifted.

Officials want to test millions of people every day as part of “Operation Moonshot” – with stadiums and theatres set to benefit.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly wants to get crowds back into large venues and test millions of people every day, with a new “seat out to help out” scheme being assembled

Officials want to test millions of people every day as part of ‘Operation Moonshot’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week ordered officials to ‘move at extreme pace’, it is claimed

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden last week ordered officials to “move at extreme pace” to encourage crowds back into large venues, it is claimed.

The government is reportedly drawing up plans to get sports fans back into large venues in a “seat out to help out” scheme.

People with tickets for football matches or plays could be tested in advance and then chased up a few days after the event, the Sunday Times reports.

Other theatres and restaurants might be encouraged to offer discounts on Mondays, so people with tickets could save money on meals.

“Direction has been given at a very senior level to work at extreme pace on this. The PM is keen on making rapid progress.”

A source said: “Rapid testing is seen as the thing that can unlock the issue of getting audiences back. There have been meetings this week.

The team behind “eat out to help out” will reportedly create a “seat out to help out” plan to persuade people to attend events once the restrictions are lifted.

Pre-season friendlies, including a game between Brighton and Chelsea, have already seen clubs bring fans back in with social distancing measures.

The Treasury said restaurants made 130,000 claims worth £522m.

During August, diners got a 50% discount on meals and soft drinks up to £10 each under the scheme, which operated on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“Today’s figures continue to show Eat Out to Help Out has been a success. I want to thank everyone, from restaurant owners to waiters, chefs and diners, for embracing it and helping drive our economic recovery.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “From the get-go our mission has been to protect jobs, and to do this we needed to be creative, brave and try things that no government has ever done before.


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