Tottenham to trial NHS COVID Pass for supporters ahead of Arsenal friendly


Tottenham Hotspur at set to trial the use of an NHS COVID Pass for supporters attending their pre-season friendly against Arsenal a week on Sunday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will host the Gunners for their fifth and final friendly ahead of the new Premier League season, before the rivals’ women’s sides clash following the game.

Teams are searching for a way to safely host capacity crowds with the coronavirus pandemic still raging in the UK.

The Government have rolled back restrictions to allow fans to return to stadiums for the upcoming season, with clubs exploring ways to ensure they are not barred again.

Tottenham will ask fans to show an NHS Covid Pass for their friendly against Arsenal

So far, this has mainly focused on pushing players and backroom staff to get vaccinated against the disease.

As well as their own employees, clubs have also been encouraging fans to receive their jabs against the coronavirus.

Tottenham have opened up their stadium several times as a vaccine pop-up centre to push supporters to get their doses.

Though cases in the UK are falling, deaths are rising and Spurs are set to take a tougher stance to ensure safety at their ground a week on Sunday.

The Government recently announced that a full vaccination against Covid-19 would be a condition of entry to large events from 1 October.

In preparation for that law coming into place, Spurs will trial the use of the NHS COVID Pass when their fierce rivals visit.

Those wanting to attend must prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have had a negative test within 48 hours of the match.

Passes will be checked by a steward between the initial ticket check at the bottom of the stadium steps and ahead of arrival at the turnstiles.

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The passes come in the form of an NHS QR code, which supporters will be asked to download, screengrab or copy ahead of the game.

They will then be asked to show this to the steward to ensure their entry to the stadium for both matches.

Supporters under the age of 18 will not be part of the trial and will also not need to present a negative test result.

In a club statement, Tottenham described the trial as a ‘necessity’ ahead of the change in the Government’s guidance in October.

“Tottenham Hotspur will be trialling the use of the NHS COVID Pass to verify the vaccination or Covid status of supporters attending our men’s and women’s matches against Arsenal on Sunday 8 August,” the statement read.

“This follows recent Government announcements and the necessity for the club to begin preparations for the potential of full vaccination against Covid-19 being a condition of entry to large events from 1 October.”

It will be Tottenham’s final match of pre-season, with Nuno’s side already facing League Two sides Leyton Orient and Colchester, with matches against League One side MK Dons and rivals Chelsea still to come.

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