Premier League and EFL clubs await advice on new Covid-19 rules

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that starting next week, supporters attending matches with more than 10,000 people will have to show that they have received both doses of the vaccine, or proof of a test. negative lateral flow, to assist.

The new legislation, which is part of the government’s Plan B measures, could pose logistical problems for clubs if every fan is screened before entering the stadium. Such a scenario is likely to lead to an increase in waiting time and the possible need for a greater number of stewards.

As of Wednesday morning, the government did not say how the new measures would be implemented and Premier League and EFL clubs hope to receive more information on Thursday.

A mandatory minimum number of spot-checked spectators was mentioned as a possibility, while the association of vaccination statuses with online tickets was also suggested.

Premier League clubs have already carried out random spot checks this season but, under previous legislation, fans were not turned away if they could not prove that they had not suffered a double bite or that ‘they did not have a negative Covid-19 test.

The introduction of the new measures was supported by West Ham manager David Moyes, who supported them ahead of their announcement.

“I think I think we are now coming to a point where, you know, we don’t want Covid anymore,” he said.

“There have been too many deaths in the world. I think we have to try to make sure that we try to eliminate it as best we can.

“I think if I were a football fan I would go and sit next to someone who I know has been vaccinated and gives me the best chance of not contracting the virus. I am a football fan, I watch games and I really want to go to games. I want to continue.

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