MCC has today confirmed that the Royal London One-Day International between England and Pakistan at Lord’s on 10 July, will be part of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and has been granted permission to operate at full capacity for this match.
The fixture falls before the planned relaxation of Government restrictions on 19 July and MCC has been working closely with ECB, DCMS, Public Health England and Westminster City Council on obtaining the green light to allow more supporters into the Home of Cricket for this match.
The Government's science-led Events Research Programme is conducting scientific research studies at all events to gather the evidence that will inform how crowds can be returned to live events as safely as possible. The results of studies will be used to help shape policy and future guidelines.
Strict entry requirements are in place including proof of testing, or proof of vaccination in order to allow these trials to take place safely. All attendees have been informed that the event they are attending is a research event and that it is different to other events allowed at step 3 of the roadmap.
In addition to being at full capacity, the Covid restrictions will be disapplied to Lord’s during this match, but risk mitigation measures will still be in place including Test and Trace, hand sanitisation and face coverings worn when moving around the Ground.
The match will have strict entry requirements in place.
To enter the venue, ticket holders from England will be required to provide:
proof of full vaccination - both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match demonstrated via the NHS App; or
proof of a negative LFT demonstrated via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace or via the NHS App; or
proof of natural immunity from proof of a positive PCR in the last 180 days (and not in the last 10 days)
If you live in Scotland, you can obtain your full vaccination status here.
If you live in Wales, you can obtain your full vaccination status by following the instructions here.
All other ticket holders will be required to provide proof of a negative LFT in order to gain entry to the match.
This applies to all ticket holders over the age of 11.
"To have England men’s first ODI at the Home of Cricket in almost two years and in front of a capacity crowd, will be truly memorable"
Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, said: “We are heartened to be able to welcome full crowds into Lord’s for the forthcoming encounter between England and Pakistan. To have England men’s first ODI at the Home of Cricket in almost two years and in front of a capacity crowd, will be truly memorable.”
“There has been tremendous work going on behind the scenes and we are grateful to ECB, DCMS, Public Health England and Westminster City Council for their support and cooperation in achieving this outcome.
"We look forward to welcoming cricket fans back to the Home of Cricket, for what will be a full weekend of sport and most importantly with crowds.”
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome ODI cricket back to Lord's for the first time since the World Cup Final between England and New Zealand back in 2019.
“Our science-led Events Research Programme continues to pave the way for a return to fuller crowds through secure testing and use of the NHS App Covid Pass and it’s fantastic that Lords will be back at full capacity on July 10.”