As Premier League action returns to the Brentford Community Stadium tomorrow night, Wednesday, Bees fans are reminded that COVID checks will be in place – with all adult fans (18+) required to be able to produce their NHS COVID Pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test.
The new regulations were in place for the Carabao Cup game against Chelsea last week and the operation went smoothly ahead of kick-off. Thousands of fans were asked to produce relevant COVID certification and while a handful of fans were unfortunately turned away, the Brentford fanbase was well prepared.
These procedures will again be in operation and supporters should aim to arrive early and beat the queues ahead of the Manchester City match which kicks off at 8.15pm on 29 December.
Here’s a quick reminder of the four-step process for everyone attending the game.
Step 1 – Self-declare your COVID status
All fans aged 18 and over need to pre-register their COVID status ahead of attending matches. This is to declare that they (a) hold a valid NHS COVID Pass or will only attend if they can show a negative lateral flow test result within 48 hours of the game, and (b) will not attend if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Season Ticket Holders who haven’t already done so should do so via this link. Premium Seat Holders and Members should also follow the same process.
Step 2 – Get your NHS Pass
The next step is to download the ‘NHS App’ on your smartphone. Log in and select ‘Get your NHS COVID Pass’ from the homepage, then follow instructions from the screen.
Make sure you add your NHS COVID Pass to your smartphone wallet or download it as a PDF before you leave for the game to avoid any connectivity issues at the stadium.
Step 3 – Get tested
If you don’t have the NHS COVID Pass, then you must be able to demonstrate a negative lateral flow test result within 48 hours of the start of the game. You should do this by showing an email or a text message from NHS Test and Trace – please don’t bring the actual test kit to the stadium. It’s a good idea for fans of all ages to test ahead of each game even although under-18s won’t be checked.
Step 4 – Plan your matchday and arrive early
With it being the festive period, plan your journey to make sure you arrive in good time. We’d recommend arriving at least an hour before kick-off to get through the checks.
Before you leave for the game, download your NHS COVID Pass, bring your face covering and remember that the blue vaccination card is no longer acceptable as proof of double vaccination.
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