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Chelsea insist all fans vaccinated or test negative – The new normal and Newcastle United to follow?

2 months ago
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Chelsea have made their move, insisting that all fans are fully vaccinated or have tested negative (within 48 hours of the match kicking off).

The West London club (I think…) the first in the Premier League to do so, though certainly not the last no doubt.

Presumably this applies to away fans visiting Stamford Bridge as well, Newcastle United not due to travel there until March 2022.

In an official statement (see below), Chelsea announcing: ‘Supporters will need to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (with both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match) or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT – from age 11 and over) carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.’

Interesting to see whether Newcastle United follow this lead and indeed whether potentially, the Premier League clubs vote to make this compulsory at all stadiums?

I think it was always the case that talk of things getting fully back to ‘normal’ was on the optimistic side.

Chelsea Official Announcement:

‘Supporters attending our home games this season, starting with the men’s fixture against Tottenham next week, will need to provide evidence they are at low risk of transmitting Covid-19 to enter Stamford Bridge and Kingsmeadow. This is to increase the safety and comfort of our supporters, players and staff as we begin hosting capacity crowds for the first time since March last year.

Supporters will need to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (with both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match) or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT – from age 11 and over) carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.

Proof of full vaccination should be supplied via your NHS Covid Pass on the NHS app, or a vaccination letter. Supporters displaying a negative Lateral Flow result should do so on the NHS app, or via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace.

Stewards will check your Covid-19 status at your point of entry. If you are using your phone, please ensure it has sufficient battery.’

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