Premier League: What are the Covid-19 fan protocols?

Despite a recent announcement which made a U-turn on plans to introduce vaccine passports as a requirement to enter any large gathering from the UK Government, the Premier League is set to maintain its current protocols.

So, despite full capacities returning to stadiums, fans will have certain hoops to jump through before taking their seat at grounds.

Match-goers will be asked to show proof of full vaccination, this means you have received two jabs, or the results of a negative lateral flow test.

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If you do not arrive at the stadium with one of these documents as proof, you will not be allowed into the game if you’re stopped and checked.

However, many fans have said they have been able to access games and pass through turnstiles without showing any proof.

In a tweet announcing the continuation of these rules, fans replied saying their turnstiles were not even manned nor were they asked for medical proof of vaccinations or lateral flow tests.

Spot checking and not mass checking is likely the way forward for Premier League games, with resources too few to assess everyone.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United’s home, this would have meant all 75,000 fans would have been checked at the weekend – causing hours of delays and chaos.

Just days ago, the UK Government looked set to introduce vaccination passports that would be needed to enter such events as football games. But following a revolt by the governing party’s own MPs, the Conservatives backed down.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid recently told Sky News he opposes the idea of vaccine certification.

Contrary to comments made in July, where he backed the NHS COVID Pass app

“The NHS COVID Pass will enable people to prove their vaccination status when travelling abroad and support venues.”

Do you have to wear a mask at Premier League games?

The Premier League has asked fans to wear their masks while in indoor areas, follow one-way systems and keep their distance from fellow fans.

These demands have been roundly criticised by fans, who claim it is unrealistic for supporters to keep their distance when they are sat one by one next to each other.

Why aren’t Premier League footballers getting vaccinated?

There is a worrying trend of footballers refusing the vaccine, with many distrusting the medical authorities and/or believing they are too young and fit to suffer from the virus.

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce and Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have previously commented on the low uptake of the vaccination amongst players.

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam recently has since featured in a video urging players to get vaccinated, that was shown to those in the Premier League and EFL.

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow lost two-stone in five days in hospital with Covid-19, while former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said long-covid severely hampered members of the Blues squad last season.

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