TV viewers are infuriated after seeing the packed arena and lack of masks at Wimbledon day one. So are the organisers following COVID protocol?
As COVID restrictions ease in the UK, masks have continued to be compulsory in indoor settings and it is preferred to continue minimising the number of people you meet within a short period of time to limit the spread.
However, as Wimbledon commenced on Monday June 28th, viewers have recognised the non-existent social distancing of the attendees.
Twitter thinks it’s even more ironic that the venue united to clap for Dame Sarah Gilbert, the designer of the Oxford COVID vaccine, all while seated next to each other mask-free.
Wimbledon’s COVID rules
As per Wimbledon’s official website, attendees are required:
- full vaccination OR
- negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of entry OR
- proof of natural immunity (positive PCR test within the last six months, after self-isolation has ended and up to 180 days after taking the test), demonstrated by the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App
- a mask, unless medically exempt
Within the venue, ticket-holders are required to wear coverings while moving around, but masks and distancing will not be mandatory while seated.
So technically, the images we see of the crowd are not disregarding the rules, meaning that the internet is more furious with the rule-creators than the audience.
Social media plastered with COVID criticisms
Non-attendees are blasting the organisers for not making masks mandatory and the close proximity between the audience, especially if they are not from the same bubble.
They also realised that the 15,000 capacity Centre Court did not have its roof open, so the arena is indoors.
Even parents have taken to Twitter to complain about school COVID rules vs Wimbledon COVID rules: