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The long awaited and much talked about Euro 2020 football tournament starts today (Friday 11 June). There will be 51 matches over 31 days at 11 venues including London and Glasgow.

The games that kept their 2020 badge and title, have been postponed until this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And yet amid the excitement, we’re still very much in the midst of that same pandemic, with case numbers across the country rising as the latest and more transmissible Delta strain becomes dominant.

So, there are words of caution from our public health experts.

“While case numbers are comparatively low in Devon for the moment, positive cases across the country are rising,” said Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon.

“Euro 2020 will be a time of much emotion for football fans. And for those perhaps not sat watching it on TV at home, you may be travelling to friends and family to watch games or even to Wembley or Hampden Park to see the matches.

“My message is simple. Enjoy the tournament, but do so safely.”

The rules inside and out

You can watch football inside pubs across the UK, but remember that in England, only up to six people from six households or two households of any size can meet indoors

In England, up to 30 people can meet outside, including in a pub garden, but check if the place you’re visiting has any restrictions due to the size of their outside space

Follow the rules if you’re inviting people back to yours to watch the game too. Up to six people from multiple houses or any number from just two households can gather indoors, and up to 30 people outdoors

Use personal judgement when it comes to hugging close friends. Public Health advise to err on caution and be careful

Visit Devon County Council’s news website for more advice about enjoying Euro 2020 safely.