Vaccine passports and negative tests introduced for Premier League and EFL matches across England from next week as Government announce new COVID-19 rules


Football fans up and down the country will have to prove their vaccine status or give proof of a negative test at Premier League and EFL matches from next week.

The UK Government has introduced a new set of coronavirus restrictions to deal with rising cases and the spread of the Omicron variant.

Football fans may have to prove their vaccine status

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Football fans may have to prove their vaccine status

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned it is clear the new strain is ‘growing much faster’ than Delta and cases of Omicron could be doubling every two or three days as he strengthened England’s rules to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The measures announced include a work-from-home order and also introducing vaccine passports for public events.

The NHS Covid pass will be mandatory in nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather from ‘a week’s time’, the Prime Minister told a hastily-arranged Downing Street press conference, as he described the measures as ‘proportionate and responsible’.

New rules will be enforced from next week

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New rules will be enforced from next week

The health certificate will apply to unseated indoor venues with more than 500 attendees, and outside where there are more than 4,000 people.

The Prime Minister added that the pass can be obtained with a negative lateral flow test or by having had two doses of a vaccine but hinted this could change by saying ‘we will keep this under review as the boosters roll out’.

Premier League clubs were said to have been warned that new restrictions were likely at some point this winter at a recent shareholder meeting.

Fans are also likely to have to take temperature checks at the turnstiles and also stricter mask-wearing rules to be enforced.

Fans will hope to not see a return of matches played behind closed doors

Fans will hope to not see a return of matches played behind closed doors

Coronavirus has been spreading at a number of Premier League clubs in recent days with Tottenham having as many as seven first-team players returning positives tests.

Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and Brentford’s Ivan Toney have also tested positive in recent days.

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