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Crowd of 12,000 approved for each day of Royal Ascot

  • We bring you the news that Royal Ascot have been allowed to up their attendance for all five days of their Royal meeting
  • Organisers had been anticipating crowds of 4,000 fans for each day of the meeting
  • As part of a government pilot scheme, that figure has been upped to 12,000
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Racegoers watch the Royal Procession from the Windsor Enclosure on day 1 of 2019 Royal Ascot at Ascot. (Getty)

Earlier this month, we brought you the news that Royal Ascot organisers were planning to welcome crowds of 4000 for each day of their Royal Meeting.

Fans were given permission to return to sporting events at the start of May, and racing fans were looking forward to a small, select crowd being in place for both the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot.

In recent weeks, the government has been exploring the possibility of introducing larger crowds to the country's biggest sporting events this summer. Football and cricket are expected to feature in this list of pilot events. Thankfully, for horse racing fans, Royal Ascot has also been chosen as a trial event for larger crowds.

Ascot's chief executive confirmed on Wednesday that they've been given the green light to welcome 12000 fans through their gates on all five days of the Royal Meeting.

Guy Henderson said, “We’re delighted that Royal Ascot has been accepted to play its part in the next phase of the government’s Events Research Programme. We very much look forward to welcoming 12,000 racegoers each day.

“Our thanks go to our industry bodies, the British Horseracing Authority and the Racecourse Association, which led the preparation of the submission to government.”

BHA chief executive, Julia Harrington was also very excited by this breaking news. 

“It’s excellent news that Ascot will be included in the Events Research Programme [ERP] as a pilot event. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate how racing events are perfectly suited to safely hosting spectators in greater numbers as we progress through the government’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions.

“We’re grateful to DCMS and this outcome reflects the strong and positive relationship between racing and government. Working with colleagues we will ensure that our participants remain protected to the same degree that has been achieved with racing’s bespoke coronavirus protocols since resumption in June 2020.”
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