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Chelsea Flower Show visitors could be asked to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before entry

Chelsea Flower Show visitors could be asked to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed entry

  • Royal Horticultural Society said this year’s event could go ahead with anti-virus measures in place
  • Last year the physical show was cancelled and went online due to the pandemic
  • This year’s event would be one of the biggest events to take place after the start of the pandemic

Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show could be asked to prove that they have tested negative for Covid-19.

The Royal Horticultural Society said that evidence of a clean bill of health was ‘just one of multiple considerations as we continue to plan for the show’.

Last year the physical show was cancelled and went online, but the RHS said this year’s event – from Tuesday, May 18 to Sunday, May 23 – could go ahead with anti-virus measures in place.

Last year the physical show was cancelled and went online, but the RHS said this year’s event – from Tuesday, May 18 to Sunday, May 23 – could go ahead with anti-virus measures in place. Pictured: Visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2019

Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show could be asked to prove that they have tested negative for Covid-19. Pictured: A dress designed by Cleve West pictured at the M&G woodland garden at 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show could be asked to prove that they have tested negative for Covid-19. Pictured: A dress designed by Cleve West pictured at the M&G woodland garden at 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

The flower show would be one of the biggest events to take place after the start of the pandemic. 

About 140,000 people are expected to attend over the six days, fewer than the 168,500 over five days in 2019.

Other measures to keep the event Covid-secure could include regular testing of gardeners and other pass-holders during the weeks when displays are built, and social distancing on the site.

The Royal Horticultural Society said that evidence of a clean bill of health was 'just one of multiple considerations as we continue to plan for the show'. Pictured: A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Bristol on January 11

The Royal Horticultural Society said that evidence of a clean bill of health was ‘just one of multiple considerations as we continue to plan for the show’. Pictured: A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Bristol on January 11

The RHS said in a statement: ‘Chelsea Flower Show will be the first of our major events in May and we wanted to be transparent and share some of the areas that are under consideration to enable us to operate safely. We are 100 per cent committed to operating our shows.

‘We will continue to engage with Government and local authorities and remain agile in adapting and modifying our plans in line with any developing guidance to ensure we can deliver what will be a fantastic event.

‘The team are acutely aware that there is great concern within the industry about whether our shows will operate in 2021… we will refund any money that has been paid to us in the event that we are forced to cancel.’

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