Wimbledon chiefs poised to reveal plans this week for thousands of fans to attend the tournament this summer despite the ongoing pandemic
- The All England Club are considering several scenarios to host the tournament
- One of the main roads outside the All England Club could be closed during event
- Uncertainty remains around many events, including the French Open in May
Wimbledon is expected to sketch out its thinking on the 2021 Championships this week, in the full expectation that the tournament will go ahead.
Providing the vaccine rollout in the UK continues apace, there are hopes that a significant number of spectators will be allowed to attend, although the most likely scenario being worked on is that it will operate at around 30 per cent of its normal 40,000-a-day capacity.
Permission is expected to be sought to close one of the main roads outside the All England Club to help with the social distancing of arriving fans.
Wimbledon is expected to sketch out its thinking on the 2021 Championships this week
No final decision is expected until early spring about exactly what conditions will be imposed.
Uncertainty remains around many events, including the French Open, due to begin in May. This weekend France banned all but essential arrivals from outside the EU, but there is an exemption for elite athletes.
Local communities around Wimbledon have been told to prepare for the likelihood of a reduced capacity Championships this year.
The traditional ‘Wimbledon Queue’ will almost certainly not take place due to social distancing
A message to various residents’ associations and local councillors – seen by Sportsmail – has confirmed the tournament will, barring unforeseen developments, go ahead in some form this summer.
Yet in order to handle the prevailing Covid-19 situation there will need to be extra traffic measures, and the likelihood only a percentage of the normal crowds will be allowed in.
It comes after the Australian Open announced it will operate at close to 50 per cent capacity this year, with 25-30,000 spectators permitted on most days.
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