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Freedom of Information Team
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
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FOI2021/07785
Mr Darren Eastwood
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx
14 May 2021
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Dear Mr Eastwood,
Thank you for your correspondence of 15 April, in which you made the following request for
information:
Can you provide me with a valid reason and evidence of the findings into why
spectators are NOT allowed to watch sports events on private grounds but can on
public ones, specifically football games at grassroots football? what is the reasoning
and science behind denying 1000's of community members their choice of pastime
when other pastimes are seemingly deemed safer than standing around a well
ventilated, socially distanced, covid secure football pitch with no more than a couple
of hundred other likeminded people.

Will the DCMS reconsider this unfair and quite frankly seemingly random denial of a
leisure pursuit?

Also please provide evidence / reasoning on what the difference to the threat of
Covid there is between private and public football pitches.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). I can
confirm that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not have
information within scope of your request.
This is because DCMS did not make the decisions on whether spectators may attend
sporting events, but followed advice given by the Cabinet Office. This would have been a
Cabinet Office decision based on evidence that they were privy to.
Therefore, at this time, you may wish to raise your concerns on this matter directly with the
Cabinet Office by emailing them at xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx.
Yours sincerely,
Freedom of Information Team


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