The Premier League has announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, which include showing a full announcement of the COVID situation before match day to fans attending matches, and showing evidence of vaccination or a negative test result.
The decision comes after the Premier League announced its highest weekly number of COVID-19 cases since May last year, with 42 players testing positive.
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As part of the new measures, there will also be COVID-19 checks at every Premier League stadium and fans urged not to travel if they show any symptoms.
The announcement, which will be completed before match day, requires fans over the age of 15 to confirm whether they have had a valid NHS pass or a negative test from the previous 48 hours.
Fans are also required to wear a face covering while indoors at the stadiums and are encouraged to keep them in their seats but this is not mandatory.
“We are doing everything we can to keep fans safe and to open stadiums to full capacity. Everyone’s safety remains our top priority, and since the start of the season, we have worked closely with our clubs, state and local public health authorities to prepare fans for the preparation of fans,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement. The stadium operations to enter the COVID certification.”
“It is really important that fans take the time to understand what is required of them when attending the Premier League stadiums, which is why we are asking fans to announce their COVID status before match day.
“We want everyone to enjoy matches in a safe environment and we and our clubs will continue to urge fans to do everything they can and follow public health guidelines.”
The rise in Covid-19 cases is starting to affect the fixture schedule with Manchester United’s match against Brentford, scheduled to be played on Tuesday, which was postponed after United were forced to close their training base due to a number of positive tests among staff and players.
Tottenham Hotspur’s match with Brighton and Hove Albion last week was postponed by the Premier League after the outbreak of the severe Corona virus among Antonio Conte’s team.