How is this match exempt from current COVID-19 restrictions?

25 May 2021

The Secretary of State has the power to designate an event as being permitted for research purposes and therefore not subject to the legal restrictions which would apply to other events under Step 3 of the government’s roadmap.

The Royal London International between England and Pakistan, being held at Edgbaston Stadium, is going ahead as a Pilot Event as part of the Events Research Programme.