The government has announced that a mandatory vaccination certificate will be required to attend football games in England in the event of a COVID winter surge.
Under the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan, released today, these certificates will be required at:
- All nightclubs
- Indoor crowded settings with 500 or more attendees
- Outdoor crowded settings with 4,000 or more attendees
- Any setting with 100,000 or more attendees.
Unlike the current NHS COVID Pass, this will be for full vaccinations only, with some exemptions.
“If Plan B is implemented, at that point the NHS COVID Pass will change to display full vaccination only. Exemptions will continue to apply for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, for those on COVID vaccine clinical trials, and for under 18s.”
Articles 84 and 85 of the government’s plans describes the situation. They refer to a potential winter surge as ‘Plan B’.
“Under Plan B, the Government expects to introduce mandatory vaccine certification in a limited number of settings, with specific characteristics. The Government hopes that it would not be necessary to mandate vaccine certification more widely than these settings, though this cannot be entirely ruled out.”
However, clubs will receive at least one week’s notice before implementing the change.
“If Plan B is implemented, it could be at short notice in response to concerning data. Therefore, in order to help businesses prepare their own contingency plans, the Government will shortly publish more detail about the proposed certification regime that would be introduced as part of Plan B. The Government would seek to give businesses at least one week’s notice before mandatory vaccine certification came into force.”
This roadmap only affects England, with devolved governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland responsible for their own plans.
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