Formula One and Premier League clubs are expected to secure exemptions from UK quarantine rules by June 29 at the latest, with the Government looking to expand the list of dispensations to include elite sport. By removing the requirement for all personnel to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the country, the move increases the likelihood that two British grands prix at Silverstone can go ahead as planned on August 2 and 9.
Under the changes, Manchester City and Chelsea would also be able to complete their last-16 matches in the Champions League, with Wolves, Manchester United and Rangers all at the same stage in the Europa League. Similarly, the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams could go ahead with their tours of the country this summer. As the rules stand, quarantine exemptions are only possible for hauliers, essential agriculture workers and those researching Covid-19, but sport is in line to be added to this list by the time of the first three-weekly review of the legislation.
The Prime Minister has instructed the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to examine all ways of ensuring that the remainder of the British sporting summer can be protected.
Those involved in the highest-profile events can, by the end of June, be spared the need to quarantine if they account in detail for their movements and present clear solutions for how their sports can be conducted safely during the pandemic.
Formula One will today confirm