Chelsea have become the first team to announce a Covid-19 pass test for fans to attend Premier League matches next season.
Supporters watching fixtures at Stamford Bridge will need proof that they are fully vaccinated from coronavirus or will have to produce a negative lateral flow test before entering the stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur are trialling the system for their pre-season friendlies but Chelsea are the first club to confirm they will ask for evidence of being Covid-safe. The rules will also apply to women’s games at their Kingsmeadow home.
Chelsea will start their policy with the friendly against Tottenham next Wednesday.
“Supporters attending our home games this season will need to provide evidence they are at low risk of transmitting Covid-19 to enter Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow,” a statement from Chelsea read.
“This is to increase the safety and comfort of our supporters, players and staff as we begin hosting capacity crowds for the first time since March last year.
“Supporters will need to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (with both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match) or proof of a negative lateral flow test (from age 11 and over) carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.
“Proof of full vaccination should be supplied via your NHS Covid Pass on the NHS app, or a vaccination letter. Supporters displaying a negative lateral flow result should do so on the NHS app, or via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace.”
More clubs are expected to carry out trials. The Premier League starts on August 13.
Norwich City’s pre-season friendly against Coventry City last night was cancelled due to positive Covid-19 tests among the Premier League side’s squad. The fixture had been scheduled to take place at Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium.
“The decision was made as a precautionary measure following a small number of positive Covid-19 test results,” a Norwich statement read. “The club’s players and staff will continue to follow Premier League protocols and government guidelines, operating and training in their respective first-team bubble at the Lotus Training Centre.”
Aston Villa’s friendly against Nottingham Forest was also called off. A “small number” of positive cases were discovered among the Forest squad.
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