The UK Government have introduced and implemented Plan B COVID-19 measures, meaning that conditions of entry to Oakwell and EFL grounds have altered.
From our Sky Bet Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Friday 17 December, COVID-19 Certification will now be mandatory for entry into settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
As a result, supporters will need to be prepared to provide evidence of COVID-19 Certification (or a negative COVID-19 lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to the match) to enter football stadia where the attendance will exceed 10,000 seated (or 4,000 standing).
COVID PASS & CERTIFICATION CHECKS
Stadiums are now directed to carry out extensive certification checks on matchdays. Therefore, it is imperative that supporters aged 18 years or over ensure they have valid COVID-19 Passes or proof of certification in advance of match day. If evidence is not shown, access will be denied in line with legal requirements, and a refund will not be available.
Checks can be met by showing:
- Proof of full vaccination via the NHS COVID Pass.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to the match. This can be an email or text message confirming a negative result after the lateral flow test has been reported on the NHS website
- That you are medically exempt from vaccinations.
For full details about the NHS COVID Pass, which includes information on how to obtain valid certification of the COVID-19 vaccine, please CLICK HERE.
Supporters who are medically exempt can apply for a COVID-19 medical exemption online or by contacting the NHS support line on 119.
To those who are attending fixtures, where COVID-19 Certification is mandatory, are advised to:
- Check our latest COVID-19 guidance in advance of matchday and read the COVID Code of Conduct.
- Ensure you have a valid form of COVID certification in your possession before you leave for the ground or you will not be permitted entry.
- The best form of Certification is the COVID pass. You can download the COVID digital pass using the designated NHS App or to your wallet or camera roll in case there is no signal.
- Bring your original printed NHS COVID Pass on the day of the fixture if you are unable to use the digital version.
- A negative Lateral Flow test result will be permissible should you be unable to provide a COVID pass.
- Make sure your passes are easily accessible to ensure efficiency and speed of access when approaching the turnstiles.
- Please do not attend if you have COVID-19 or flu symptoms, even if double-vaccinated.
- Supporters are asked not to attend if they feel unwell. Staying home reduces the risk of passing an illness on.
- All supporters should wear a face covering in indoor spaces. Whilst not mandatory, the Club also ask that you wear face coverings whilst sat in your seat.
- For those who are not yet double vaccinated, you will need to take a lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending the match. If the test returns a positive result, then you must NOT attend the fixture and follow the correct procedures as advised by the NHS. Further information about COVID-19 is available HERE.
- How to get an NHS COVID Pass - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/COVID-pass/
- How to download a digital NHS COVID Pass - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/get-digital-COVID-pass/
- Further information about COVID-19 - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/