Fans attending Manchester United games at Old Trafford from this coming weekend will be subject to Covid spot checks.
The club said that fans attending any matches at Old Trafford from 11 September should be ready to have their Covid status checked. Spot checks will commence at the Newcastle United game on 11 September.
The process will be done through use of the NHS COVID Pass which is available via the NHS App or via other NHS services. The NHS COVID Pass lets individuals share their Covid-19 vaccination and test results in a secure way.
All adult supporters (18+) should be prepared to present their NHS COVID Pass upon request to confirm they are either:
• Fully vaccinated (’doubled jabbed’)
• or have received a negative Covid-19 PCR or lateral flow test result within 48 hours of kick-off. All children under the age of 18 are exempt.
The Government has indicated that COVID certification checks are likely to be mandatory for those attending large events from 1 October 2021. In line with Premier League guidance, this is expected to apply at all Manchester United matches at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are obliged to follow this national government guidance to ensure that all supporters can attend matches safely and to try to avoid further capacity restrictions in future.
One of the following three conditions must be met in order to receive an NHS COVID Pass. You will be able to obtain an NHS COVID Pass:
• two weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires two doses or one dose - after two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines, or after one dose of the Janssen vaccine.
• with evidence of a negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of the match's kick-off time. Lateral flow tests taken at home will need to be reported into the public reporting system.
• with proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
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