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Stay safe if watching Euro 2020 matches in pubs

10 June 2021

Football fans in Richmond are reminded to stay safe and stick to the COVID-19 guidelines if they are going out and watching the Euros.

The Euro 2020 tournament, rescheduled after being cancelled last year, gets underway on 11 June and runs for a month. The first England game will kick off on Sunday 13 June at 2pm and will be against Croatia.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in the borough has started to rise, and the new Delta variant is now being seen locally. Therefore, Richmond Council is advising people to remember the rules if going out to watch the games, and consider taking a lateral flow test before visiting the pub. The Council's licensing team is writing to all the licenced premise in the borough to reiterate the need for them to support their staff and customers in complying with the current safety measures.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"With the weather expected to be good, and the much-awaited Euros about to start, we know more people will be out and about in our parks, town centres and of course in local pubs and bars.

"We don’t want to be miseries. We just don’t want to blow it - and the rise of the new variant is a concern.

"The advice from Government is clear, by maintaining social distancing and adhering to the rule of six indoors, we will continue to combat this virus. We know people quite rightly want to enjoy the good weather, and the football, but staying sensible for just a little while longer will limit the spread of the virus, and prevent the need for further measures."

Current COVID-19 restrictions mean that outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to six people or two households.

See more information on the current guidance.

Access a lateral flow test to carry out at home.

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Up to: June 2021

Updated: 23 July 2021