We have received the following communication from Ascot Racecourse:
For immediate release
Wednesday 26th May
Following confirmation earlier today that Royal Ascot will be part of the next phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, capacity for the event has been set at 12,000 per day and 50 pairs of Queen Anne (general admission) tickets each day have been set aside for the local community.
Unfortunately, as every attendee on-site must be ticketed, there will be significant restrictions on access to the Heath during the week. Further information on this will follow.
To ensure that the local community is represented at Royal Ascot, a ballot will take place using postcodes within a three-mile radius of the racecourse. All local residents within that three mile radius will be invited to enter this ballot available on our website through this link.
It will close on Monday 31st May and those successful in the ballot will be advised by Tuesday 1st June. Details on requirements for testing will be provided to everyone attending Royal Ascot in due course.
“The local community have been incredibly understanding of the continued closure of the Heath on racedays and we are asking for patience for a little bit longer,” said Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Public Affairs at Ascot Racecourse.
“Although attendance at Royal Ascot this year will be akin to a small winter Saturday in numbers terms, we really want to make sure that some tickets are set aside as gifts to those who live in the area.”
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