LONDON -- The closest thing the UK has to a national auto show -- the Goodwood Festival of Speed -- has been given the go-ahead after it risked a second year of closure following the country's recent extension of COVID restrictions.
The event, held over four days from July 8 to July 11, has been given permission by the UK government to run as a 'pilot' event.
Showgoers must have either have had both shots of a COVID-19 vaccination or show proof of a negative lateral flow test.
Goodwood said it had reduced the number of people who will be present on site "by an appropriate percentage" to allow for social distancing, without giving a number. Normally the show receives about 200,000 visitors over four days.
The UK government extended pandemic restrictions to July 19 from June 21 after infections in the country rose, threatening large-scale public events.
Global automakers have long supported the Goodwood outdoor event, held in the grounds of a country house in the south of England, and this year exhibitors include Ford, Toyota, Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche.