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Can fans attend Wimbledon 2021? What are the covid-19 restrictions?

Spectators can attend the tournament, but must follow strict rules like providing proof of full vaccination to be allowed into the stadium due to covid-19.

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Can fans attend Wimbledon 2021? What are the covid-19 restrictions?
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Fans can attend Wimbledon 2021, but they need to ensure they follow strict guidelines to be let into the stadium due to the circumstances the Covid-19 pandemic has presented.

Fans have a couple of options if they plan on attending Wimbledon 2021:

  1. Show proof of full vaccination. This can be done with a vaccine passport. English residents can also show their NHS Covid Pass.
  2. Show proof of a negative PCR within 48 hours.
  3. Show proof of immunity due to a recent covid-19 infection.

Will Wimbledon stadium be at full capacity?

Wimbledon stadium has 14,947 seats. However, the stadium will not be filled to full capacity. On the first day of the tournament the stadium will allow half of its normal capacity.

However, at both the men's and women's finals on July 10th and 11th, a full crowd will be able to attend.

Wimbledon released an announcement on June 14th saying:

"We are pleased to have worked closely with the government, public health bodies, and our local authority in Merton, to confirm that, as part of this next phase of pilot events, The Championships 2021 will begin on Monday 28 June with 50 per cent capacity across the Grounds, building to full capacity crowds of 15,000 on Centre Court for the Finals weekend."

Additional health and safety requirements

Fans will also be required to wear masks and are not able to make cash payments at the stadium. This ensures that there are no lines and crowds don't grow. Spectators will not be permitted to ask for autographs in order to protect the tennis players and spectators.

This was the first time the tournament has been cancelled since World War II, but now things are getting back on track. The AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis Club) is taking these precautions to ensure the tournament is run safely.