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League updates matchday protocols for fans at matches

28 Oct 2021
Return of fans

Fans over 18 must be prepared to show NHS COVID Pass ahead of entering a stadium

The return of fans to Premier League matches has been a huge boost this season.

With the safety of everybody attending fixtures remaining a priority, the League, in discussion with all clubs, has updated the matchday protocols for supporters in grounds.

Here is all you need to know if you are planning to attend a Premier League match.

Proof of COVID-19 status

Every fan attending Premier League fixtures must be prepared to show their NHS COVID Pass ahead of entering the stadium if they are aged 18 or over. 

If you are unable to produce an NHS COVID Pass, supporters should show alternative proof that you have been fully vaccinated or have registered a negative COVID test result in the previous 48 hours, as close to matchday as possible. Tests can be ordered for free here.

If you are unable to produce an NHS COVID Pass, supporters should show other evidence of full vaccination, or a negative COVID test taken within the previous 48 hours.

Fans will be able to do this by obtaining their NHS COVID Pass through the NHS app or website link.

Supporters can expect staff to check COVID Certification on entry as all clubs will conduct random spot checks and have the authority to refuse entry to the ground if a supporter does not provide the necessary COVID-19 status evidence and they are not exempt.

Club staff dedicated to conducting COVID-19 Certification checks will be visible at each ground and will help provide guidance to match-attenders.

Creating safe environments

Supporters are asked to comply with a Code of Conduct, which makes these protocols clear and encourages good public health behaviours in grounds.

Fans should not attend matches if there is any risk they can pass on COVID-19, so please support from home if you are showing any symptoms.

The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. More information is available on the NHS website.

Working together

These measures are in place to create safe and enjoyable matchday environments and to help keep grounds safe and full for the rest of the season.

We will continue to work closely with the Government, local authorities, and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.

The Premier League thanks match-attending fans for adhering to the measures to help keep others safe while supporting their teams.

For more information and instructions on how to show COVID certification evidence, and details of what to expect at specific stadiums, fans should visit their club’s website and social media channels.

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