Pilot Crowd Schemes In England Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Upsurge
Muhammad Rameez 5 days ago Fri 31st July 2020 | 10:02 PM
The snooker World Championship and Saturday's final day of the Goodwood racing festival will no longer welcome spectators due to a coronavirus upsurge in England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2020 ) :The snooker World Championship and Saturday's final day of the Goodwood racing festival will no longer welcome spectators due to a coronavirus upsurge in England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday.
"I have said our plan to reopen society and the economy is conditional... that we would not hesitate to put the brakes on if required. Our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal," said Johnson at a press briefing.
The original decision to allow 300 per session had not been greeted with universal joy by the players with Anthony Hamilton withdrawing and five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan saying they were being treated like "lab rats".
"There is a chance -- I'm forever the optimist -- that maybe a return for the final (on August 16) is the earliest possible opportunity," he told the BBC.
"Congratulations to those guys who went today because they will be able to talk about this for the rest of their lives -- the ultimate golden ticket.
" Hearn said he had gone direct to the government in a hope they would get special dispensation.
"They (the Cabinet) said: 'No, it applies to you as well'.
"This is not the worst -- the worst is the tournament doesn't happen. We'll get through this." - 'Very disappointed' - Goodwood will still go ahead with the final day's racing but like the rest of the meeting, it will now be behind closed doors.
"The government has informed racing's leaders in the past hour that it has withdrawn permission for a pilot event involving customers, to proceed at Goodwood tomorrow (Saturday)," read a joint statement from the British Horse Racing Authority, Racecourse Association and Goodwood Racecourse.
"We are very disappointed for those who were hoping to attend tomorrow's event and for all those who have worked so hard to make it possible for spectators to be present." cricket too has been affected as crowds had been due to attend two of this weekend's county games.