Government draws up plans to only allow FULLY-jabbed fans from attending Premier League matches with more than 20,000 spectators… and use of vaccine passports could be extended to lower leagues and other sports
- Premier League fans need to be double-jabbed to go to games from October
- The Government is drawing up plans for Covid passports at 20,000 venues
- Fans without two Covid vaccines could be denied entry into the football games
- Sportsmail revealed NSHX finished trials for a new Covid passports verifier app
Only fully-vaccinated football fans may be able to attend Premier League matches and other events with more than 20,000 spectators from October under Government plans.
Boris Johnson risks provoking further criticism from backbench Conservatives as ministers seek to extend the future use of vaccine passports from nightclubs to sporting stadiums.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that plans are being discussed that would require football fans to prove they have had two doses of Covid vaccination before they can go back to watching Premier League games in person.
Talks are now in an early phase with the Premier League to discuss whether supporters who have not been double-jabbed could be barred from entry.
Only fully-vaccinated fans will be allowed to go to large Premier League stadia from October
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) wants to to extend the future use of vaccine passports
The use of vaccine passports could also be extended to lower divisions and other sports in England as ministers seek to reduce the surge of Covid-19 cases as other restrictions are ended.
While no final decisions have been made, it is currently being discussed whether vaccine passports could be introduced for seated events with a capacity of 20,000 people and over.
In unseated events such as music gigs, where there are greater concerns about strangers mingling and spreading Covid-19, the threshold for their introduction could be as low as 5,000 attendees.
Football fans will need two vaccine jabs to enter stadia that can hold over 20,000 people
A Government source said: ‘It’s important that fans can continue to watch sporting events over the autumn, which is why we’re exploring the role vaccines might play in this.
‘This will not only allow full capacity stadiums but has the added bonus of incentivising people of all ages to go and get their jab.’
One area still said to be under discussion is whether a recent negative test could allow entry to football matches, but their use has been ruled out for nightclubs.
The Football Association, the Premier League and the EFL are yet to comment on the matter.
Premier League clubs are expected to use pre-season matches to help trial the new scheme
Football’s governing bodies had been hoping for no restrictions ahead of the new season, but it is understood both the Premier League and the English Football League have been planning for such an eventuality.
Premier League clubs are expected to use their pre-season friendly matches to help them trial certification. The EFL has previously said it was awaiting government advice and has also been making contingency plans in case of such an eventuality.
Sportsmail revealed on Friday that stewards at sports events can now be equipped with scanners to verify fans’ Covid Passports are genuine, after NHSX completed trials of a new ‘verifier app’.
Sportsmail revealed that NSHX completed trials for a new ‘verifier app’ for Covid passports
The new scanner works by detecting the QR code generated by the NHS app. It can determine if it is current and not a screen grab because the ‘live’ version shimmers slightly.
In addition, the verifier confirms a passport is up to date using the data embedded in the QR code, so it does not link to a central database and there is no transfer of private data or opportunity to record a person’s location.
The scanner is seen as a key tool in return of large crowds, since it is now available for organisations, ‘like the Premier League and others’ said a Whitehall source.