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Raft of Covid measures dumped at EFL clubs as restrictions on Premier League fans are lifted

Raft of Covid measures dumped at EFL clubs, including daily tests, social distancing at training and wearing masks indoors, as restrictions on fans are lifted at Premier League matches



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Daily Covid tests will be scrapped in the EFL on Wednesday.

Sportsmail understands that league officials wrote to 72 clubs on Monday night to make them aware that if the government drops Plan B guidelines, they will remove the need for their players to be screened every day.

Instead, only those who show symptoms should undergo lateral flow tests. If their results are negative but symptoms persist, they should do PCR testing, the EFL has said.

Players at EFL clubs will not need to be screened every day after Covid restrictions are lifted

Players at EFL clubs will not need to be screened every day after Covid restrictions are lifted

The move comes as the competition moves away from the ‘red’ protocols they introduced last month.

It will also see a series of measures lifted from training grounds, where social distancing – at least for now – will be a thing of the past. The need to wear face masks indoors is also being lifted.

However, league insiders have insisted they are not completely scrapping the anti-covid measures. Indeed, clubs have been advised that those not fully vaccinated should remain in separate bubbles thanks to the heightened risk Omicron poses to them.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs expect Covid restrictions on fans, including the threat of random sampling, to be lifted in time for the next round of matches.

Middlesbrough fans show COVID passports to gain entry to Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough fans show COVID passports to gain entry to Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough fans show COVID passports to gain entry to Riverside Stadium

Clubs are still awaiting official confirmation but are holding on to developments, with meetings taking place this week.

Since December, it has been mandatory for supporters to prove that they have been fully vaccinated, or produce a negative result via a lateral flow test, in order to access grounds that welcome crowds of more than 10,000.

The Premier League confirmed a third consecutive decline in weekly positive Covid cases.

From 13,625 tests between Monday, January 10 and Sunday, January 16, there were 33 new positive results, the lowest number since December 5.

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