Premier League matches restricted to fully vaccinated fans only in government-backed plan

Premier League officials are believed to be negotiating with the government to prevent unvaccinated fans from attending matches.

According to government plans, large events such as Premier League games could only be attended by fully vaccinated people starting in October.

There are talks taking place with the Premier League regarding whether people without both jabs can be barred from entering grounds, according to the PA news agency. As well as seated events with a seating capacity of more than 20,000, this rule can also be used for lower divisions and other sports. In the case of unseated events, such as concerts, the attendance threshold can be as low as 5,000 people. Nightclubs have been ruled out for those who had a recent negative test, but it is unclear whether this would grant access to football matches.

Although the English Football League has declined comment, it is understood that emergency strategies have been discussed to respond to a change in government policy. Previously, Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said nightclubs could be “super-spreading events,” however, it is unclear whether football matches are regarded the same way.

However, there were concerns about fans travelling to London during Euro 2020, as Public Health Scotland data indicated more than 1,300 coronavirus cases linked to fans travelling to the capital during the group stage matches.

New cases of COVID-19 in the UK decreased for the fourth straight day on Saturday.

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