The British government's decision to allow a full crowd on Centre Court for the Wimbledon men’s and women’s finals next month has sparked a fierce debate on social media.
Wimbledon will be allowed to usher in 15,000 fans for the two deciders, a year after the tournament was canceled entirely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The grass-court grand slam tournament, which begins in England on June 28, can have 50% capacity at the start and that will increase to 100% by the close on July 10-11 with the women’s and men’s singles title matches.
The government’s decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions on crowds will also allow for increased attendances at football's Euro 2020 tournament and other sporting events, such as the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a statement.
“In the next few weeks this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”
Wimbledon’s cancellation in 2020 was the first time since World War II that the tournament hadn’t been played.
Understandably, tennis fans celebrated the news that full crowds would be welcomed back for the men's and women's finals this year.
Great news. As if I couldn’t wait before now I’m losing my mind
— 🐟 (@cementtuna) June 14, 2021
Excellent news from Wimbledon, with confirmation that the Championships will start at 50% capacity - and by Finals weekend, a capacity crowd of 15,000 will be welcome on Centre Court
— Russell Fuller (@russellcfuller) June 14, 2021
Quite the day. Confirmation that @Wimbledon 2021 will start with 50% capacity and build to full crowds on Centre Court for the Finals weekend as part of the Government's Event Research Programme, and, the launch of our 2021 campaign - It's a #WimbledonThing ... what's yours? ⬇️ https://t.co/9STNbuenLs
— Alexandra Willis (@alex_willis) June 14, 2021
Wow, Wimbledon to have full crowd of 15,000 for singles finals and will be at 50 percent capacity the rest of the Championships
— Simon Cambers (@scambers73) June 14, 2021
However, not everyone was thrilled with the British government's announcement.
Critics slam Wimbledon crowd call
Many people are questioning why sporting events are being afforded exemptions when Covid-19 restrictions remain in force for other parts of Britain.
Numerous critics took to social media to voice their anger at the Wimbledon situation.
Can’t dance at a wedding but can stuff strawberries and champagne down your neck at The All England Club packed with tens of thousands crammed like sardines in a tin. https://t.co/bN3v8zIyEi
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 14, 2021
I think the decision to allow the Wimbledon Finals to go ahead with capacity crowds is appalling. Businesses are taking massive hits. People are struggling immensely but Wimbledon gets a free pass. I hope it pours down on the day. What happens then because it would become indoor?
— Neville Robert Gregory FBPE #FightFor1Point5 (@nev101101) June 15, 2021
Wimbledon is going ahead at full capacity on our wedding day but we can’t have a standing drinks reception or a dance floor to celebrate with less than 100 guests? Can someone one please make it make sense?!?! #whataboutweddings https://t.co/uxi7j6pbTk
— Lindsay Iddon (@Lindsay_Iddon) June 14, 2021
I wonder what allowed elitist crowd event Wimbledon being granted maximum capacity crowd?
— #LegacyFan Monkey Head (@monkeyhead78) June 15, 2021
How can Wimbledon have full capacity for the mens and womens final
But we cant get bk to normal and have our life back
— Steve (@stephenescott2) June 14, 2021
I can’t even remove the flag on a golf course, but the Wimbledon finals will be at full capacity 🤔 https://t.co/miSDtMPEOg
— Chris Lockwood (@ChrisFromComms) June 14, 2021
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