After being cancelled in 2020, this year’s Festival of Speed was on course to go ahead with limited restrictions when the government announced its plan to ease lockdown measures on June 21.
But that date was pushed back as the spread of the Delta variant became apparent, beyond the 8-11 July dates of the Goodwood event. Existing rules limit outdoor venues to a maximum of 10,000 attendees.
It has been in discussion with the government for several days with the aim of joining the Events Research Programme, which gathers evidence into how large venues can be reopened safely.
Pilot events already included Euro 2020 matches and the British Grand Prix, and have now been joined by the Festival of Speed.
All tickets that have been sold, including hospitality and grandstand passes remain valid, and there are still some spaces available on the opening day, Thursday 8 July. The rest of the Festival is sold out.
Attendees will either have to have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the event, or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test, which can be taken at home or at a recognised centre free of charge, within 48 hours of the event.
Goodwood said that it would be in touch with all ticketholders in the coming days with further information.