A number of the UK’s leading sports bodies have united to back COVID-19 passports as a “credible option” to ensure stadia and arenas can work to full capacity from June.

An open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, plus the leaders of the other political parties, has been signed by the Premier League, English Football League (EFL), Football Association (FA), Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Rugby Football Union (RFU), Rugby Football League (RFL) and Silverstone Circuit.

It comes as the Government continues its reopening masterplan, which has set June 21 as the date when all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted and venues can operate at full capacity. Sporting event organisers are currently planning for the return of small numbers of spectators from May 17.

At this stage of the process all spectators will need to follow social distancing requirements and attendance will be capped at a maximum of 25% of larger venues’ capacity. However, this will still be insufficient to end sport’s COVID financial crisis.

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