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Fans Banned From Singing 'It's Coming Home' In Pubs Due To COVID Rules

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Fans Banned From Singing 'It's Coming Home' In Pubs Due To COVID Rules

Fans drinking and watching England in the pub on Sunday are not allowed to sing or chant.

England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia at Wembley in Group D and supporters all over the country are looking forward to watching the game while out and about.

But with the rule of six indoors as well as social distancing and table service still being required, it won't quite be the usual experience because of rules set by the government due to COVID-19.

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What's more, fans are prohibited from singing and music in pubs must almost operate as background noise - the feeling being it will stop singing and shouting and limit the risk of spreading the virus.

Hospitality venues are all in the same boat in having to adhere to the regulations, no matter how much fans are getting into the Euros spirit.

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Legal expert Graeme Cushion, who specialises in pub licensing, told The Sun: "I suspect our patriotism - particularly if England is doing well in the tournament - may get the better of us.

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"Businesses showing games may ask you to sit down and not stand up to sing.

"And if indoors, as soon as you do stand up, you should wear a face mask, which is going to make singing somewhat more awkward."

Unfortunately, it means no 'It's Coming Home' or 'God Save the Queen' ringing out around the pubs.

However, in more positive news, Wembley is close to getting the go-ahead to have around 50 per cent capacity at Euro 2020 knockout fixtures.

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The Telegraph say talks are at an advance stage and the step is set to be taken irrespective of Boris Johnson's decision on restrictions for the 21 June.

Pending government approval, 40,000 fans are slated to be in attendance at the national stadium and there could be even more at the semi-finals and final if all goes well.

The England-Croatia fixture on Sunday is poised to house 22,500 fans, with proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours needed.

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Topics: Football, Euro 2020, England, Fans

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