Release date: 6 July 2021
People are reminded that Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place outside of the Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place this weekend.
The Festival of Speed is one of the pilot events being held as part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP). It will take place at Goodwood from 8 to 11 July.
Some restrictions are lifted at events that take place as part of the ERP, which aims to examine the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from attendance at events and explore ways to enable people to attend similar gatherings safely.
West Sussex County Council’s Public Health team has been working with Goodwood, event organisers, Public Health England and partners of Chichester District Council’s Safety Advisory Group in advance of the Festival of Speed. They have worked with the organisers of the event, alongside Environmental Health colleagues and Public Health England, to support them to run the event as safely as possible.
Current Covid-19 restrictions will still apply outside the venue.
The sold-out event is only open to ticket holders who must comply with strict entry requirements.
Anyone planning to attend must be able to provide photo ID, as well as one of the following:
- proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Device (LFD) demonstrated via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace or via the NHS App. The test must be taken no sooner than 48 hours before entering the event on each day of attending. This will be necessary for anyone aged 11 years and older, OR
- proof of full vaccination - both doses received at least 14 days prior to the event demonstrated via the NHS App, OR
- proof of natural immunity based on a positive PCR test within the last 180 days of the event (and not in the last 10 days)
Anyone without a ticket or who doesn’t meet the entry requirements should not travel to, or attempt to gain access to, the event.
The Goodwood website contains more detailed information about entry requirements for those travelling in from outside England, as well as rules for indoor areas at the event.
Travel and transport
Anyone planning a journey is advised traffic will be heavy in the roads around Goodwood, and the wider Chichester area, so please allow extra time or, if possible, plan an alternative route.
Current Covid-19 restrictions will still apply outside the venue and when people are travelling to and from the event. This means face coverings will be required on public transport when travelling to and from the event.
You can get a rapid lateral flow test even if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You can collect tests to do at home from pharmacies and some community centres, such as libraries.
You can find your nearest lateral flow test collection point by entering your postcode on the NHS website.
You can also order rapid lateral flow test kits online to be delivered to your home. They’re free and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.
Keep West Sussex Safe
Our website has details on how you can get free Covid-19 testing kits, which can be ordered to be delivered direct to your home or picked up from collection points across West Sussex.
You can also search using the hashtag #KeepWestSussexSafe on social media for the latest information.