Expert says large events unlikely to happen for 'a few years'

An expert has said that large events such as the Cheltenham Festival are unlike to happen for a ‘few years’.

Expert says large events unlikely to happen for ‘a few years’: Professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, Tim Spector, said people need to ‘get used to it’ as restrictions on large events will be with us for some time yet. In an interview on Times Radio Professor Spector said “I can’t see us suddenly having another Cheltenham Festival with no regulations again, I can’t see us having massive weddings with people coming from all over the world, I think for the next few years those days are gone.

I think we need to get used to that and that will allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily.” Despite calls for the Cheltenham Festival to be cancelled last year the Government allowed it to go ahead, causing a backlash. It was held just one week before the first national lockdown. Professor Spector spoke at the time, saying “I think sporting events should have been shut down at least a week earlier because they’ll have caused increased suffering and death that wouldn’t otherwise have occurred.”

The Government said at the time it was acting on information available. The organisers of the Cheltenham Festival said it was impossible to know who had contracted COVID. Professor Spector said he felt that the ‘rule of six’ should again be encouraged. He also said that pub beer gardens would be easier to control than people’s own homes and gardens.

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