King George: Ascot work on crowd plan for July meeting following planned lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

Ascot plan for bigger crowd at July meeting but no figure yet decided on for King George fixture; two-day fixture on July 23-24 comes just days after planned lifting of coronavirus restriction on July 19

Royal Ascot saw up to 12,000 in attendance as part of a Government pilot scheme
Image: Royal Ascot saw up to 12,000 in attendance as part of a Government pilot scheme

Ascot officials are working on a plan for how best to accommodate a larger crowd at their King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes meeting.

The two-day fixture, featuring the middle-distance showpiece on July 24, will be one of the first prestigious race days after the planned lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on July 19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that the limit on numbers attending sporting events would be scrapped.

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Though a final decision will not be made until next Monday, the Prime Minister outlined details that included the lifting of the one-metre social distancing rule, the compulsory wearing of face coverings and the need for proof of a negative test as a condition of entry.

Since May 17 there has been a cap of 4,000 allowed at meetings, except for Royal Ascot where up to 12,000 could attend as part of a Government pilot scheme.

"It's great news. We're looking forward to welcoming back a larger crowd than we've able to and we'll work on that in the next couple of days," said Ascot director of racing and pubic affairs, Nick Smith.

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"It's early days. We'll just develop a plan and see where that goes in the next couple of days.

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"We're moving in the right direction and we'll look at the logistics and the planning and see what the numbers look like."

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