London police have strongly advised against spontaneous supporters’ gatherings in the capital for the European Championship final, which will pit England against Italy on Sunday, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 cases linked to the Delta variant .
“I urge people not to gather in large numbers”Met Police deputy commissioner Laurence Taylor said in a statement, fearing fans would flock to the capital to celebrate England’s first appearance in a major tournament final in more than a half. century.
Wembley, where the final will take place, will already welcome 65,000 spectators on Sunday night, the largest crowd for a game in the UK since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“If you don’t have a ticket for the matches, for a fanzone or an official reservation at a pub, bar or club, my message is clear: don’t come to London – you might end up missing the match”, underlined Laurence Taylor, specifying that the police apparatus would be “considerably reinforced” Sunday evening.
This police warning comes as the United Kingdom, which already deplores 128,000 deaths from the coronavirus, is facing an outbreak of contaminations linked to the Delta variant, much more contagious and now dominant in the country. “London is still in a situation of public health crisis”, insisted Laurence Taylor, begging the citizens of “Follow and respect the government directives in place”.