14 December 2021
Following the government’s COVID-19 Plan B announcement, London Irish can confirm that new match day protocols will apply from Sunday 19th December, the date of our European Challenge Cup tie against CA Brive at the Brentford Community Stadium.
While we are not legally obliged to carry out specific checks on attendees for any anticipated crowd size below 10,000, we are however mindful of the need to do all that is reasonable to promote a safe environment for supporters and staff alike, so will be asking all attendees aged 18 or over to confirm / declare that they have either:
- been vaccinated with two doses of an approved vaccine (or, alternatively with one of the single-dose Janssen vaccines).
- taken a PCR or Rapid Lateral Flow test within the last 48 hours (to strengthen the protection testing provides, tests should be taken as close as possible to a match, ideally within 12 hours where practical to do so).
- an exemption due to presence of a medical condition or participation in a formal clinical trial.
People who live in England can show their NHS COVID Pass to prove they are vaccinated, have completed a negative PCR test or negative Lateral Flow Test within the past 48 hours, or are exempt. A valid text or email confirmation from NHS Test and Trace can also be used as proof a person has completed a negative test.
London Irish will contact all supporters who have already purchased a ticket for an upcoming fixture with a request to complete this self-declaration form to indicate their status.
Physical checks of COVID passports / test results may become mandatory in the event that a match-day crowd is forecast to exceed the 10,000 threshold set by the Government. However, pre-declaration may reduce the number of checks that have to be undertaken.
Finally, it is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering within indoor areas of open-air sports stadia unless an individual is exempt. Please therefore ensure you bring a face covering with you to wear when moving around the stadium / concourse areas.