Government plans to allow only FULLY-stuck fans to attend Premier League games with over 20,000 spectators… and vaccine passport use could be extended to lower leagues and other sports
- Premier League fans will have to be double jaded to go to games from October
- Government plans for Covid passports in 20,000 locations
- Fans without two Covid vaccines could be banned from football matches
- Sports post NSHX unveiled completed trials for a new Covid passport verification app
Only fully vaccinated football fans will be allowed to attend Premier League matches and other events with more than 20,000 spectators from October according to the government’s plans.
Boris Johnson threatens to provoke further criticism from conservatives as ministers look to expand the future use of vaccine passports from nightclubs to sports stadiums.
Sports post revealed earlier this week that plans are under discussion that will require football fans to prove they’ve had two doses of Covid vaccination before being able to watch Premier League games in person again.
Talks are now underway with the Premier League at an early stage to discuss whether supporters who have not been double stabbed could be barred from entry.
Only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to enter major Premier League stadiums from October oktober
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) wants to expand future use of vaccine passports
The use of vaccine passports could also be extended to lower leagues and other sports in England as ministers try to reduce the wave of Covid-19 cases as other restrictions are lifted.
While no final decisions have been made, it is currently being discussed whether vaccine passports can be introduced for seated events with a capacity of 20,000 people and above.
At unsecured events such as music performances, where there are greater concerns about strangers mixing and spreading Covid-19, the threshold for their introduction can be as low as 5,000 attendees.
Football fans need two vaccine shots to enter stadiums that can accommodate more than 20,000 people
A government source said: ‘It’s important that fans can continue to watch sporting events in the fall, so we’re investigating the role vaccines can play in this.
“Not only will this allow for full capacity stadiums, but has the added bonus of encouraging people of all ages to get their shot.”
One area that is still up for debate is whether a recent negative test could allow entry to football games, but its use for nightclubs has been ruled out.
The Football Association, the Premier League and the EFL have not yet commented on the matter.
Premier League clubs are expected to use pre-season matches to test the new schedule
Football’s governing bodies had hoped for no restrictions for the new season, but it is clear that both the Premier League and the English Football League have plans for such a possibility.
Premier League clubs are expected to use their pre-season friendlies to test their certification. The EFL has previously said it is awaiting advice from the government and has also made contingency plans in case it arises.
Sports post revealed Friday that stewards at sporting events can now be outfitted with scanners to verify fans’ Covid passports are genuine, after NHSX completed trials of a new ‘verification app’.
Sportsmail revealed NSHX has completed trials for new ‘verification app’ for Covid passports
The new scanner works by detecting the QR code generated by the NHS app. It can determine if it’s current and not a screen grab because the ‘live’ version flickers a bit.
In addition, the verifier confirms that a passport is up-to-date using the data embedded in the QR code, so it is not linked to a central database and there is no transfer of private data or ability to track the location of a person to capture.
The scanner is seen as an important tool in return for crowds, as it is now available to organizations “like the Premier League and others,” a Whitehall source said.