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10 December 2021

FROM Wednesday 15 December, Covid-19 Certification will become mandatory for entry into settings where large crowds gather.

The size of the Pirelli Stadium means that you DO NOT need a Covid Pass to watch a home Burton Albion fixture, but YOU WILL need a Covid pass to attend some way fixtures.

This means fans will need to be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 Certification to enter the ground where the attendance will exceed 10,000 seated or 4,000 standing.

Clubs have the authority to refuse entry to the ground if a supporter does not provide the necessary COVID-19 status evidence.

What counts as Covid-19 certification?

People can demonstrate their vaccine status via the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App. People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Note that a “booster” jab is not a requirement for certification.

If you don’t have a Smart phone, official paper versions can be used.

Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, the Government has determined that proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted within the preceding 72 hours.

How do I get my NHS COVID pass?

To ensure that fans can continue watching their teams in person this season in a safe manner, it is imperative that all football supporters play their part by ensuring they have valid COVID-19 Passes in advance of match day.

The simplest way of obtaining certification is with the COVID Pass through the NHS app or website.

The COVID Pass can be generated on the app following:

  • You have been fully vaccinated over two weeks earlier
  • You have returned a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours
  • Or you have registered a medical exemption with the NHS

I cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Will I still be allowed entry? 

The Government has determined that proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted as certification. This should be taken within 72 hours of kick off to prove their Covid-19 status.

I don’t own a smart phone. How do I prove my COVID-19 status?

You can receive a paper copy of your COVID-19 status. More details are available here. 

Please carry this with you so you can show your COVID-19 status when attending a match.  

I don’t have the NHS App, how do I get it?

The latest guidance on the NHS app is available here.

Do I need to take a PCR test?

No, a PCR test is not necessary to attend matches, but fans are urged not to attend if they are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.  

If you do not have proof of vaccination, you should be able to show you have had a negative lateral flow test result in the 72 hours prior to kick-off.

Where do I get a lateral flow test from? 

Lateral flow tests are available for free from your local test centre or pharmacy. You can also order tests here.  

What about people aged under-18? 

Under-18s will not need to certify their COVID status.

I am concerned about attending matches. Is it safe?

All EFL clubs have worked tirelessly to ensure they are ‘fan-ready’ so that supporters have been able to return as safely as possible.

Football is one of the most regulated industries in crowd management and our clubs have huge experience of the operational delivery of football matches.

EFL clubs are following training ground and matchday protocols that have been designed to reflect the current situation - they are flexible enough to ensure we can take the most appropriate measures if required and most importantly keep everyone as safe as possible.

This includes all clubs implementing COVID status certification and requiring fans to comply with a Code of Conduct. Which can be read HERE

Supporters should ensure they fully understand these guidelines before attending a match and all fans should continue to follow the latest public health guidance.

Fans should not attend EFL matches if they are unwell or if there is any risk they can pass on COVID-19.

The EFL and its clubs will continue to follow the latest Government guidance regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.

What are the entrance requirements? 

Ticket holders must agree to follow the conditions set by: 

  • Ticketing terms and conditions 
  • Supporter Code of Conduct 
  • Ground Regulations   

The Supporter Code of Conduct sets out COVID-19 regulations and behaviours that supporters must follow to help keep everybody safe on matchday.  


You will be asked to read and accept the conditions at the point of purchase. If you are booking on behalf of others, you must also ensure they are aware of the regulations and are able to comply with the terms.   

  Inside the stadium

Do I need to wear a face covering? 

We encourgae fans to wear face masks in the stadium other than when eating or drinking, or where exempt. 

What other rules or guidance are supporters expected to follow? 

Supporters are asked to: 

  • Follow the Supporter Code of Conduct 
  • Remember your face covering
  • Wash your hands or use sanitiser regularly 
  • Be considerate of others and help to keep everyone safe 
  • Only occupy your designated seat 
  • Follow one-way systems throughout the stadium and adhere to any other signage 
  • Follow any instructions issued to you by stewards or other stadium staff 

Are catering services available inside stadiums?  

Yes, catering services are available, although supporters may notice some changes to the location or queuing and service systems used at these outlets.   Please be considerate to others, including staff members, and follow any instructions.  

In line with existing Government legislation, alcoholic beverages must not be taken into the seating bowl and may not be consumed within sight of the pitch.  

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