Euro 2020: Fans can use vaccine passports for England vs Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic

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Fans attending England’s Euro 2020 group matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic will be required to use covid vaccine passports.

It is the first time a UK sporting event has required covid certification.

Fans can use the NHS app to show they have received two doses of the covid vaccine at least 14 days previously, or they can show a negative lateral flow test taken in the last 48 hours via confirmation text , email or print.

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Wembley will host trials of covid passports during the three group matches of Euro 2020 in England

Wembley will host trials of covid passports during the three group matches of Euro 2020 in England

England beat Scotland 2-0 at Wembley when the two sides met in Group A at Euro 96

England beat Scotland 2-0 at Wembley when the two sides met in Group A at Euro 96

There will be 22,500 fans for England’s group matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic – 25 per cent of Wembley’s capacity – and if the vaccine passport system runs smoothly, it could pave the way for larger crowds at the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, which will also be held in the stadium.

The football association has previously informed UEFA that it hopes that capacity could increase to 50 percent, or 45,000 fans, in the final phase of the tournament.

For the much-anticipated game between England and Scotland on Friday, June 18, 2,600 members of the Tartan army have secured tickets and will also have to prove they are covid safe.

However, there are different arrangements for supporters to demonstrate their vaccination status, depending on whether they live in England, Scotland or Wales.

On its website, UEFA said: “All cardholders aged 11 and over must provide evidence that they are at low risk of transmitting COVID-19 in order to enter Wembley Stadium. If you don’t, you won’t be able to attend the match.’

Fans must prove their covid vaccination status or a negative test at matches

Fans must prove their covid vaccination status or a negative test at matches

2,600 members of the Tartan army have secured tickets for England-Scotland at Wembley

2,600 members of the Tartan army have secured tickets for England-Scotland at Wembley

UEFA said ticket holders in the UK will require proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative lateral flow test (LFT),

The vaccination route requires proof of ‘both doses received at least 14 days prior to the competition (demonstrated via the NHS app or via the Scottish or Welsh immunization service).’

While English fans can use the NHS app, Scottish fans must request a ‘covid status vaccination letter’ and Welsh supporters must ask for a ‘covid vaccination certificate’, which can take up to 10 working days for them to arrive, according to UEFA.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove, who has led the government’s covid vaccination plans, indicated last month that football authorities were preparing to accept paper certification at Wembley as Scottish authorities took a ‘different approach’.

But there is no mechanism for residents of Northern Ireland. UEFA added today: “At this stage there is no trial for residents of Northern Ireland to prove their status.”

Fans played a part in Wembley's covid testing for the FA Cup semi-finals and finals and the Carabao Cup final

Fans played a part in Wembley’s covid testing for the FA Cup semi-finals and finals and the Carabao Cup final

England fans will have a numerical advantage when Scotland visit Wembley in Euro 2020

England fans will have a numerical advantage when Scotland visit Wembley in Euro 2020

The football body added that the result of a lateral flow test can be ‘reported and demonstrated via text message or email from NHS Test and Trace’.

UEFA said: ‘This could be on your device (including a screenshot) or a printout. The test must be taken within 48 hours of opening the stadium gates (ie three hours before the kick-off of the match).

The same system for lateral flow testing applies to ticket holders based outside the UK. But the European governing body added: “Other test results, for example a PCR test result from a private company, will not be accepted and access will be denied.”

The Premier League has already told the government they believe Covid passports will be needed to guarantee a significant number of visitors to matches next season.

Paul Gascoigne sealed England's victory over Scotland in Euro 96 with a stunning solo goal

Paul Gascoigne sealed England’s victory over Scotland in Euro 96 with a stunning solo goal

Unlike the arrangements at Wembley, fans attending the Euro 2020 games at Hampden Park – where 12,000 are played for each match – will not be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, but will be asked to show 1 instead. .5 meters to keep social distance than 1m.

Ticket holders for both Wembley and Hampden are required to wear masks and are given 30 minutes in the three hours before kick-off to enter the stadiums as authorities attempt to control the flow of people.

Michael Gove has led the government's planning for the possible introduction of covid passports

Michael Gove has led the government’s planning for the possible introduction of covid passports

Fans have been asked to stay in their seats during halftime, to avoid hugs and high-fives, and to keep their distance during the celebrations.

The results of the latest pilot round will have far-reaching consequences for the sport. Leading sports including cricket, tennis, car racing, both codes of rugby and football, have all said they believe covid passports will likely be required to return to full stadiums.

Last month, Premier League director Bill Bush made a passionate plea for the government to continue developing the covid certification system.

He expects that a tested, functional schedule will be needed between now and the end of the year, if the number of infections does not decrease in the summer or rises sharply in the autumn.

Scotland pushed England all the way into Euro 96 and missed a penalty when they trailed 1-0

Scotland pushed England all the way into Euro 96 and missed a penalty when they trailed 1-0

According to the government’s roadmap to get out of lockdown, the earliest date for all social distancing measures to be lifted is June 21.

However, it is not clear that even if Freedom Day goes ahead, it will necessarily include major sporting events and ensure full capacity.

The government sees major events as a greater risk, not only in terms of the number of fans in stadiums, but also their movements to and from matches.

During evidence before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in May, the cabinet secretary repeatedly referred to a potential role for Covid passports in bringing fans back to Premier League games, suggesting they could play a role in abilities of more than 20,000.

Still, Gove insisted that the debate on whether or not to require people to prove their covid status at events was “finely balanced,” with vaccination levels, the “hassle factor” and passports’ ability to prevent the spread. reduce and restore normal life. consideration.

Edgbaston welcomes 18,000 fans every day for the second test against New Zealand

Edgbaston welcomes 18,000 fans every day for the second test against New Zealand

He said there was “no rock-solid inviolable link” between Covid certification and the proposed end in England of all restrictions on major events next month.

However, the sport has made it clear that if there is an opportunity to use covid passports to return to full capacity, they would seize it.

England has an exciting program of international cricket, with New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India all on tour. Wimbledon lasts until July 11, the rugby league Betfred Challenge Cup final takes place on July 17, the British Formula One Grand Prix is ​​at Silverstone on July 18 and the Premier League and EFL football seasons begin in August.

English summer of sports

Significant events after June 21 – the earliest date for all restrictions to be lifted:

June 11-11 July: Football – Euro 2020 in various countries, including seven games at Wembley

June 28 – July 11: Tennis – Wimbledon

June 23, 24 & 26: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka T20s

June 29, July 1 & 4: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka ODIs

July 8, 10 & 13: Cricket – England v Pakistan ODIs

July 13: Athletics – Diamond League: Jubilee Games at London Stadium

July 15-18: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s

July 16, 18 & 20: Cricket – England v Pakistan T20s

July 17: Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

July 18: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Aug 4 – Sep 14: Cricket – England v India five test series

August 6: Football – EFL Season Begins

August 14: Football – Premier League Season Begins

August 19: Cricket – Royal London Cup Final

August 21: Cricket – The Hundred Women’s and Men’s Finals

September 18: Cricket – Vitality T20 Blast Semifinals and Final

Sept 28 – Oct 1: Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s

October 3: Athletics – London Marathon

October 9: Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

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