The delay to the final Covid-19 restrictions being lifted is set to impact football fans hoping to attend Euro 2020 matches at Wembley.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is poised to announce tonight the four-week set-back to the original planned date of June 21.
Wembley has been restricted to a capacity of 25 per cent thus far in the tournament.
And that was poised to increase from 22,500 to a potential 45,000 for the semi-final and final due to take place in London.
But the numbers of supporters is poised to remain limited to what England had for their 1-0 opener against Croatia on Sunday.
With the Euros ending on July 11, the delay to restrictions being fully lifted would not happen now until after the tournament concludes.
Premier League fans should still return in full numbers for the start of the new season come August.
The Delta variant, though, first identified in India has caused concern for the Government.
Fans who gained entry to Wembley on Sunday had to have proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative lateral-flow test taken within 48 hours of the match.
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Yet even with those precautions taken, the numbers of supporters being allowed in for matches as the tournament progresses is not set to change.
Euro 2020 is not the only major sporting event set to be impacted by the Prime Ministe’s June 21 U-turn.
Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and the Open Championship are all set to be affected, leaving many tennis, Formula One and golf fans disappointed too.
For the Euros, The FA and UEFA had hoped to increase Wembley's 25 per cent capacity for England's final group game and the stadium’s two last-16 matches, which were part of the Government's events research programme.
That would be looking at various methods of reducing or minimising social distancing at games staged at the national stadium.
But that is no longer set to be the case due to the road map’s delay until potentially July 19, which may serve as the new ‘freedom day’.
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