Vaccine passports and negative tests introduced for Premier League and EFL matches across England from next week as government announces new COVID-19 rules
Football fans across the country will have to prove their vaccine status or prove negative in Premier League and EFL games from next week.
The UK government has introduced a new set of coronavirus restrictions to deal with the increase in cases and the spread of the Omicron variant.
Football fans may need to prove their vaccination status
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that it is clear the new strain is ‘growing much faster’ than Delta and that Omicron cases could double every two or three days as he tightens England’s rules to slow the spread of Covid-19.
The measures announced include a work-from-home order and the introduction of vaccine passports for public events.
The NHS Covid pass will be mandatory at nightclubs and other places where large crowds congregate from « a week old, » the Prime Minister said at a hastily-organized press conference in Downing Street as he described the measures as « proportionate and responsible ».
New rules will be applied from next week
The health certificate will apply to indoor unseated rooms with more than 500 participants, and outdoors where there are more than 4,000 people.
The PM added that the pass can be obtained with a negative lateral flow test or by having received two doses of a vaccine, but hinted that this could change by saying « we will keep this under review for. » the deployment of reminders ”.
Premier League clubs were reportedly warned that further restrictions were likely at some point this winter at a recent shareholders meeting.
Fans are also expected to undergo temperature checks at the turnstiles and also stricter mask wearing rules to be enforced.
Fans hope they won’t see a return of games played behind closed doors
The coronavirus has spread to a number of Premier League clubs in recent days, with Tottenham having up to seven first-team players returning positive tests.
Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and Brentford’s Ivan Toney have also tested positive in recent days.
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