EFL allows clubs to choose SELF when they need vaccine passports for the new season… with THREE clubs already planning to evade certification
- Nightclubs will require Covid certification from the end of September
- The issue is still being discussed in football just days after the start of the season
- The EFL has made the decision to let clubs decide for themselves
EFL clubs will have to make their own decisions about whether or not to use Covid certification when the new season starts next weekend, without the government mandating so-called ‘vaccine passports’.
The UK government has yet to decide whether to make passports mandatory for some large-scale events such as football matches, as they have already announced that they will be mandatory for entry to nightclubs in England from the end of September.
Reports have suggested they could be needed for events with crowds of 20,000 or more as of late next month, and it’s clear the EFL is in ongoing dialogue with the government on the issue of certification.
Championship fans rely on their clubs to decide if they need vaccine passports
The EFL has decided to let the club make the decision, with three already ready to avoid it
Three clubs contacted by the PA news agency have indicated that they do not intend to require certification when the season starts, but are complying with all legal requirements.
The 2021-2022 EFL season kicks off on Friday, when Bournemouth welcome West Brom to the championship.
Capacity limits at sports venues were lifted on July 19, when the government removed almost all remaining legal restrictions related to the coronavirus.
However, it will be up to local authorities whether EFL clubs are allowed to return to full capacity immediately next weekend.
Sheffield Wednesday published advice to fans ahead of their Carabao Cup game against Huddersfield at Hillsborough on Sunday.
Sheffield Wednesday chose not to require vaccine passports for their Carabao Cup opener
Bournemouth and West Brom kick off the Championship season next Friday
Supporters should note that at this time there is no requirement to provide COVID-19 passports or the like. We will communicate any change to this policy, based on government guidance, should the need arise.”
Everyone entering the stadium is advised to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking. This is not a prescription, but we are adjusting this advice so that safety comes first in our thinking.’
Premier League clubs have so far taken different approaches in their pre-season matches.
Chelsea announced on Wednesday that it plans to use certification for all men’s and women’s matches at Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow, but Manchester United have not pushed for Wednesday’s game against Brentford.
The Red Devils also currently have no plans to enter it for Saturday’s friendly against Everton.
Top level matches will be played at almost full capacity with the exception of seats deemed close enough to the playing field to fall into the ‘red zone’ of the stadium.