Coronavirus: Premier League announces fans subject to random spot checks on Covid-19 status

Premier League announced that fans will be randomly screened for Covid-19 status at certain grounds during the first few weeks of the new season.The 2021-22 campaign will see supporters return to stadiums after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. It begins Friday, when Brentford hosts Arsenal.Premier League released a statement Monday on matchday protocols. It stated that fans attending games should show proof of vaccinations or a negative lateral flow test within the last 48 hours via their NHS Covid Pass through the NHS app link.It said that supporters could expect random spot-checks at certain grounds for ticket holders in the initial matchdays. We are establishing the necessary processes so clubs can prepare for all match attendees to have their Covid-19 status checked upon arriving, should it become mandatory.The League stated that fans must adhere to a code of conduct for supporters and recommended wearing masks indoors, avoiding contact with strangers, and following one-way signage at stadiums.The statement continued: "Even though the nation has reopened, the Government has made clear that this pandemic remains far from over.It is possible that safety measures for matches may be changed at any time. Fans are advised to continue following the latest guidance provided by their club and public health."We are positive that even in these uncertain times, we can continue to work with supporters, supporter groups and football stakeholders, as well as the national government and local authorities, so everyone can have full stadiums and remain safe from Covid-19."The Premier League will continue to consult with all key stakeholders, such as the Football Supporters Association. They will also be running a series fan-engagement campaigns in order to assist all ticket-holders in making sure they are match-ready."On July 19, the Government lifted restrictions on capacity limits and they are now being decided at the local level.It is still uncertain whether so-called "vaccine passports" will be introduced, either at all venues or at venues with 20,000 or more people starting in September.