A Shadow Cabinet Minister told of her joy tonight at securing a ticket to a trial event aimed at getting fans back to sports stadiums.
Shadow Culture Secretary and Tottenham Hotspur devotee Jo Stevens will be at Wembley on Sunday to roar on her side in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City.
Ms Stevens, who was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year, said: “Like all fans I’m desperate to get back into stadiums to watch live sport. Watching on TV is great, but it’s not the same as being at a ground, watching your team, surrounded by fellow supporters.
“I can’t wait to be at Wembley to watch Spurs in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.”
She urged the Government to adopt Labour’s three-point plan to “protect the great British summer and get sports fans back into stadiums”.
Its blueprint calls on ministers to:
Publish the full results from the sporting and cultural pilots so lessons can be learned quickly, adaptations made and the potential value of mass event testing be maximised.
Sort out test, trace and isolate,to prevent further surges of the virus – mass testing needs to go hand in hand with community, public health-led contact tracing to find cases, backed by proper financial support so people who are ill can isolate.
Quarantine arrivals from all countries, with exemptions for some professions, to protect the country from dangerous new variants.
Ms Stevens said: “There has been a lot of talk from the Prime Minister about bringing more sporting events to the UK later this year, but we can only do this if it is safe, so it’s important that all the lessons from the pilot events are published and learnt from quickly by the Government, to avoid another situation where public expectations are raised with promises that can’t be delivered.
“By adopting our three-point plan, fans and families alike, can start to look forward to a brilliant British summer, assured that they will be kept safe.
“I’ll be playing my part by getting tested ahead of going to Wembley – we are calling on the Government to play their part too.”
A Government spokeswoman said: “This weekend fans took part in a number of trial events to pave the way for larger audiences as restrictions are gradually eased as part of the roadmap.
“The events research programme will produce a report to ministers by the end of May as we look to get crowds returning.
“This will help inform our decisions on further steps forward in the roadmap and feed into the Government’s Covid certification review.”