Spectators will have to present proof of full Covid-19 vaccinations or a recent negative side-flow test to attend sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 in the UK from today.
Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Arsenal all have home games on Wednesday night.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston called the measures “proportionate” to the situation the country faces at the moment but refused to rule out even harsher measures such as forcing clubs to reduce capacity at matches.
Stadiums have been free to operate at full capacity since the last Covid restrictions were lifted in July.
The mandatory Covid card introduction for major venues comes as the Premier League steps up efforts to combat the threat posed by the Omicron variant of the virus, with top players and staff now required to do so. side flow tests whenever they want to enter their club’s training ground.
Premier League clubs have agreed to stricter measures for a week as two top-flight matches – Tottenham v Brighton and Brentford v Manchester United – have been postponed due to Covid cases.
The PA news agency understands that anyone wanting to enter the Premier League training ground will have to take an external flow test, while twice-weekly PCR checks are also in place.
The decision on ramping up testing was made at the clubs’ shareholder meeting on Tuesday and will apply existing emergency measures around face coverings, limiting time in treatment rooms. and observe the social distancing that was reintroduced last week.
The moves come as the highly transmissible variant of Omicron becomes the dominant strain of coronavirus in the UK.
The federation announced on Monday that there were 42 positive Covid tests among Premier League players and staff last week – the most it has recorded in any seven-day period. any before.
With the season about to enter a busy festival program, clubs are trying to avoid repeated postponements, which would create a backlog of work later in the campaign and possibly affect the integrity of the campaign. of the competition.
The widespread delay could also leave the league open to requesting discounts from broadcast partners, which must be paid when the 2019-20 season was halted at the start of the pandemic.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/covid-premier-league-vaccination-commons-plan-b-b1976313.html Vaccinations required or negative Covid test for fans under new restrictions