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Government’s new ‘Plan B Restrictions’ means Newcastle United fans will need Covid passes

2 months ago
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After Wednesday’s Government briefing by Boris Johnson, the new ‘Plan B Restrictions’ mean Newcastle United fans will now (see below) need Covid passes.

The restrictions / rules regarding attending Premier League games, will come in not this coming weekend (Newcastle away at Leicester – Sunday 12 December) but in time for the next home game at St James Park (home to Man City – Sunday 19 December). As for the Liverpool game away on Thursday 16 December, it looks as though that will be a case of needing to comply with the new Plan B Restrictions, as the rules are said to be coming in on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

BBC News reporting (see below) on Boris Johnson’s words that affect Premier League matches: ‘…unseated outdoor venues with more than 5,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people. He says two doses will be sufficient for a Covid pass, but this will be kept under review as boosters are rolled out. A negative lateral flow will also be acceptable.’

Meanwhile, Leicester City have revealed (see below) that they have Covid / illness cases, that has meant seven players haven’t travelled to Naples for their crunch Europa League final group game against Napoli.

BBC News reporting after the Boris Johnson press conference on ‘Plan B restrictions’ coming in – 8 December 2021:

‘The legal requirement to wear a face mask will be extended in England to most indoor public venues, such as cinemas and theatres – although there will be exemptions for things such as eating, the PM says.

Covid passes will become mandatory for nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather in England.

This will include unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 5,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

He says two doses will be sufficient for a Covid pass, but this will be kept under review as boosters are rolled out.

A negative lateral flow will also be acceptable.’

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Leicester City have been hit by positive Covid cases and some players haven’t travelled for Thursday’s away game at Napoli in the Europa League – 8 December 2021:

“We’ve had a number of people, staff and players, who haven’t travelled.

“We’ve had some positive [COVID-19] cases, some are generally not well, so we haven’t taken the risk.

“We will have seven unavailable. [Who they are is] something you’ll see in time. You’ll see in the training tonight the ones who haven’t travelled. It’s been [over the] last few days really. In general, you’re starting to see a few more cases and, for us, it’s always about the health of our players.

“Travelling to a foreign country, we have to respect travelling into Italy. We still have a strong squad here, but unfortunately it’s not a fully fit squad.”

Jordan Blackwell of Leicestershire Live reporting – 8 December 2021:

‘The seven players who haven’t travelled are Lookman, Amartey, Iheanacho, Vestergaard, Perez, Benkovic, and Daley-Campbell.

All left at home. Some have tested positive for Covid, some have an illness.’

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