The Premier League have announced that fans will be subject to random checks of their coronavirus stats during the opening weeks of the season. The new Premier League season gets underway when Brentford hosts Arsenal on Friday. The Premier League released a statement advising fans to be prepared to show that they have been fully vaccinated or have a negative test in the past 48 hours.
“Initially, in the first few matchdays of the season, supporters can expect the introduction of random spot-checks for ticket holders at some grounds as we establish the required processes so clubs and fans are prepared for all match attendees to have their Covid-19 status checked upon arrival, should it become mandatory.” the statement read regarding the coronavirus protocol to be followed in the Premier League.
“Even though the nation is reopening, the Government has made it clear that this pandemic is still far from over.” the statement added. “It is possible the safety measures for matches could be subject to change at short notice. Fans should continue to follow the latest public health guidance and guidance from their club. However, even in these uncertain times, we are optimistic that by continuing to work together with fans, supporter groups, football stakeholders, national Government, and local authorities everyone can enjoy full and vibrant stadiums while staying safe from Covid-19.”
“The Premier League will continue consulting with all key stakeholders, including the Football Supporters Association, and will be running a series of fan-engagement campaigns to help all ticket-holders ensure they are match-ready.”