EXCLUSIVE: Premier League to tell football fans STAY AWAY unless fully vaccinated, despite government abandoning plans for Covid passports
- The Premier League won’t allow fans onto the pitch unless they’re double stabbed
- UK government abandoned Covid-19 passport plans this weekend
- But England’s top flight won’t make fan protocols easy as the season progresses
- Premier League match day Covid protocols also remain in effect
The Premier League will ask fans not to attend games unless they have been fully vaccinated or can provide evidence of a recent Covid negative test for the remainder of the season, despite the government’s plans to issue Covid passports for mass transit. to introduce events.
Clubs will continue to deploy Covid marshals at matches to conduct sample Covid certification of supporters, and those who do not have the required credentials could be denied entry to the stadium.
Some clubs have reportedly already turned away fans who failed to demonstrate their Covid status in the early weeks of the campaign.
The Premier League has been working with clubs to ensure they are ready to use a vaccine passport system from October, but although mandatory certification was ruled out on Sunday by health secretary Sajid Javid, the top group has decided to go beyond government guidelines.
The Premier League will ask fans not to attend games unless they are fully vaccinated
Clubs will continue to deploy Covid marshals at matches to conduct random checks on supporters
With the Premier League’s dual priority of fan safety and a determination to ensure crowds are packed throughout the season, the clubs have agreed to continue to require fans to bring their Covid status certification to matches, with those who are not. able or unwilling to do so asked to stay at home.
The Premier League is expected to reinforce this message through a series of public statements in the coming days, and individual clubs will also write season ticket holders and members with a reminder of their position.
In addition, the Covid protocols for Premier League match day remain in place, despite the government rolling back much of the Covid legislation.
Fans will still be told to wear masks in indoor areas, to avoid close contact with strangers during matches, and to follow the one-way systems implemented in all stadiums.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has made a video for the competition urging fans to get vaccinated
Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has also made a video for the Premier League urging fans to get vaccinated and stay home if they show symptoms of the virus.
The Premier League’s Covid protocols are the strictest in British sport, with cricket and horse racing having lifted restrictions on supporters by the end of the summer.
Premiership Rugby will launch a publicity campaign ahead of the return of the club season this weekend, called Love of Rugby, which will encourage fans to come to games early, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance from others where possible.
The Premier League’s Covid health protocols and rules are the strictest in British sport
Meanwhile, English football clubs no longer have to play European matches in neutral countries if their opponents come from a red list country, after the government extended the top sports exemption.
It also allows players from foreign clubs to enter England even after traveling to red-listed countries for international duties.
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