Racegoers will be allowed to go to the Qatar Goodwood festival after the department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports announced that they had paved the way for several people to go to sporting events.
“We will start indoor performances to live audiences, subject to the success of pilots, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn,” prime minister Boris Johnson had said.
Racing is one of the pilot events chosen to harbor fans this autumn and Goodwood is ever ready to have them
Nearly two months after racing returned, Goodwood has been chosen as the best place for the return of fans ad racegoers’. Annual members and their guests will be offered attendance in the initial stages. Chief Executive of Racecourse Association, David Armstrong has spoken about the development, “we welcome the fact that horseracing is to be selected as one of the pilot events to welcome back crowds and my team and I acknowledge the great responsibility upon us
“The safety and protocols involved will be stringent, and Goodwood Racecourse team are in a fantastic place to implement them. The sports have come together to offer support to ensure the pilot event provides us with sufficient learning to draft industry-wide protocols for the wider scale return of crowds as soon as we are able.”
He continued to talk about the advantage of having fans around, which includes the beautiful atmosphere they bring and the many businesses associated with resources that can function because of them and that all those involved will enjoy themselves to the fullest.
Five thousand people, including participants, onsite will be allowed in Goodwood but not without following the new safety protocols that will be provided by the DCMS and the Sports Ground Safety Authority to avoid the spread of the virus.
Goodwood was selected because of the atmosphere, the rural setting, and the low prevalence rate of the virus.
Sporting Managing Director at the Goodwood Estate, Adam Waterworth expressed his appreciation, “we are delighted that the Qatar Goodwood Festival has been selected as a pilot event for the return of crowds. It marks an important day for the sports industry following a few challenging months, and our annual members have continued to support us throughout, for which we are enormously grateful. It is, therefore, fantastic to offer them the opportunity to witness racing on the Downs again”.
He continues to reassure the public that they will do all they can to ensure the Racecourse adheres to the government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston relates to fans who have felt the void of being unable to go to matches to support their favorite teams and is completely happy about the new development.
He understands that fans are the backbone to many sporting disciplines who do not benefit a lot from commercial revenue and believes this initiative will be the next in ensuring a future for sporting events.
“Although it will remain sometime before venues are full, this is a major step in the right direction for the resumption of live spectator sports across the country.”
The World Snooker Championships will begin on July 31 at the crucible theater. Even though the total number of spectators has not been confirmed, it has been estimated to about 1,000 people. Two men’s county cricket friendly matches are also scheduled for July 25 and 26.
The number of coronavirus cases in England is reducing day by day, it doesn’t mean the virus is gone, it’s still lingering around, and fans that will be allowed into Goodwood must be extra careful. Wash their hands regularly, put on face masks, and practice social distancing. The authorities and security personnel must make this a necessity.
Without fans, there are no sports, watching athletes on television will not always give most people the joy they need, and that’s why this new development is such good news for sports enthusiasts. There are athletes and players out there who say they prefer no noise at all to fake fan cheers, and it’s understandable, recorded fan screen and cheers do not carry the same momentum as to when they are at stadiums in color.