With mandatory COVID checks again in operation this week, we caught up with some Bees fans ahead of the Manchester City game to find out how the process was working for them.
Preparation was the key for several fans, who noted the need to have the proof of a negative test result or to download the NHS COVID Pass ahead of the game. “I just did a COVID test tonight and then got the message on the phone and then just walked straight through.”
Another Bees fan said: “It was very easy as I had it in my (Digital) wallet so I was able to bring it up and use it as I came through.”
The was a general air of acceptance too, as fans adjust their matchday routine to arrive early to avoid the queues, “I think it is just the way forward now, it is here for a while. I’m pleased that they are checking – it doesn’t take long. It wasn’t a long queue, I’m a bit early today as I knew there were going to be checks. It was fine.”
With some fans having experienced COVID first-hand, it was also clear that the checks provided some reassurance, “It’s really important. I had COVID before Christmas and I think everyone needs to avoid it.”
And finally, a sense of community spirit was on show to ensure we look after each other when watching Brentford play, “I think we should all be trying to do our bit to ensure we have a safe experience in the stadium.”
These measures and checks will again be in place for the Aston Villa match kicking off at 2pm tomorrow, Sunday 2 January. Fans should follow the four-step process below and check out our COVID information hub here.