Chelsea to demand fans show proof of vaccination or negative test before ground entry

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July 29 – English Premier League club Chelsea are demanding that fans attending games in the new season will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated or show evidence of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test.

The Blues are the first English  side to announce such measures, although Tottenham Hotspur are trialling a similar system for a pre-season friendly against Arsenal next week.

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 carried out within 48 hours of the fixture kicking off.

Stewards will check Covid-19 status at point of entry.

“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,” Chelsea said in a statement.

In April, the Premier League was among several leading sports bodies to sign a joint letter to the leaders of the major political parties, which suggested the introduction of a Covid certification process.

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