BRITS cheering on England during Euros matches in pubs will be banned from singing and chanting to stop the spread of Covid-19.
One doctor warned that singing “generates aerosol particles” which could be carrying coronavirus.
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Fans drinking in the pub over the weekend will be banned from singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.
Downing Street has set rules that prohibit customers from singing, especially loudly, because it’s considered a transmission risk.
Dr Amir Khan this morning said while it may seem as though he’s a party pooper, we aren’t yet out of the woods with Covid-19 and still need to remain cautious.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today he said dancing and singing in pubs is currently illegal.
He said: “We’re not supposed to be celebrating and we’re still not supposed to be singing, and of course they go hand in hand, a celebration for a big football tournament where Scotland are there and Wales are there and England are there and all those nations get together.
“You want to be able to share that experience. Emotions will be running high, it’s a great weekend for football.
“It’s great that people can go to pubs to watch it but it’s now illegal to sing and dance and pub owners could be fined for it, and the reason for it, I feel like a party pooper here!”
He added that while it would be difficult for individuals to spread aerosol particles from singing, he said in a pub, indoors, the risk would be amplified.
“Outdoors is less problematic because there’s breezes and things to move particles along. It’s more about indoor singing.
“But it will be difficult to police. I think people will find it difficult to control their emotions”, he added.
The current rules mean that any music in a pub should be played at a low, almost background level, to prevent any shouting, singing or dancing occurring over the top of it.
The government’s guidance covers any hospitality venue for that matter, so it’s not just pubs, and includes restaurants, bars and similar places serving food or drink as well.
Owners and staff at venues will have to adhere to the rules and make sure punters are obeying them too, especially if they are showing the Euro 2020 games this weekend where spirits will likely be running high.
It means fans won’t be able to sing the usual chants that would normally be part of the roaring atmosphere found at the pub during a big football match.