Ahead of Wolves’ Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Sheffield United, supporters are once again reminded that it is a legal requirement for those in attendance to show an NHS Covid Pass or recent negative lateral flow test result before entering the stadium, otherwise they will be denied entry.
Wolves supporters cooperated impeccably in the club’s last home game, complying to the Government’s new Plan B rules ahead of the Chelsea fixture, with 35.7% of fans aged 18 or over checked, and the club are asking for the same preparation and support ahead of Sunday’s cup tie, to help create a safe matchday environment for all.
Before the Chelsea game, 86.9% of supporters checked opted to show their NHS Covid Pass to prove their vaccination status, while a further 12.8% of supporters checked provided evidence of a negative lateral flow test, and supporters are asked to be prepared once again before arriving at Molineux.
It is also a requirement for fans aged 18 or over to pre-register their Covid status HERE however supporters who filled this in ahead of the Chelsea fixture, or the Brighton & Hove Albion or Manchester United away games, do not need to do so again, unless their information has changed.
It is now mandatory and a legal requirement for all adult supporters to declare they are symptom free and have certification that demonstrates they are any one of the following:
- Fully vaccinated (at least TWO doses of Covid vaccine demonstrated in a Covid pass)
- Able to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test in the 48 hours preceding the match, either in an NHS Covid pass or other acceptable methods (detailed below)
- Able to provide valid evidence of a medical exemption (see below for further information)
All supporters aged 18 years or over must have a valid NHS Covid pass or an alternative proof of a negative test result to gain entry into the stadium. It is advised that supporters arrive early to allow time for these checks to take place prior to kick-off. Please note, the blue NHS cards is NOT valid proof of vaccination and only a Covid-19 Pass is accepted.
Accepted forms of Covid-19 certification include:
- Covid pass via the NHS app – download it HERE
- Covid pass downloaded from the NHS App to an Apple or Google wallet
- A PDF version of the NHS Covid pass or an official letter which can be requested HERE
- An EU Digital Covid certificate
- An NHS Covid pass confirming a negative lateral flow test result in the 48 hours preceding the match
- An NHS email or text message confirming a negative lateral flow test result in the 48 hours preceding the match
Forms of certification that will NOT be accepted include:
- Vaccination cards
- Physical lateral flow testing strips
Those who are exempt from vaccinations or testing, due to health reasons, will be required to apply for an Exemption NHS Covid Pass, this can be done via your GP or specialist clinician.
Supporters are also advised that they are required by law to wear a face covering when indoors and in crowded, enclosed areas within the stadium, unless they have a recognised exemption according to Government guidelines.
Face coverings can be removed to eat or drink, however, it is strongly advised that fans wear a face covering when seated in the stadium bowl.
Together with all Premier League clubs, Wolves have already been conducting Covid-19 certification spot checks for several months to help prepare supporters for future requirements, as well as helping to ensure stadiums can continue to operate at full capacity.
Now the UK Government’s Autumn/Winter Plan B has been introduced, and supporters must now be ‘match ready’, given the new legal requirements to enter stadiums.
Are you ‘match ready’? If you are attending a Premier League match at Molineux, protect yourself and those around you by following the guidance:
- All fans must be prepared to show their NHS Covid pass or negative lateral flow test result
- Complete your Covid self-declaration HERE
- Stay at home if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
- Wear a face covering when indoors, in congested areas and on public transport
- Follow good public health behaviours – wash hand, take regular Covid tests and wear a face covering
- Follow the Supporter Code of Conduct, which can be read HERE
Random checks will take place at Molineux and there will be a team of Covid status spot checkers operating at designated points around the stadium who will be identifiable by a purple high-vis tabard and supported by stewards.
Fans MUST be prepared to present their valid Covid status evidence to a team member, prior to entering the stadium and will be denied entry if unable to show their NHS Covid pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test within the previous 48 hours, ideally on matchday.
Wherever possible, we advise supporters to save their Covid pass to their device to ensure they will be able to access it at the stadium without the requirement of phone signal.
Supporters MUST NOT attend a game if they have any Covid-19 symptoms or are required to self-isolate.
Supporters who are eligible for a medical exemption should now be registered with the NHS to generate a Covid pass.
Those who have not yet applied for a medical exemption are encouraged to do so as soon as possible as the application process can take several weeks.
To apply, complete the online form on the GOV.UK website HERE, call the NHS Covid Pass service on 119, or ask your GP for an application form.
You will need to give your name, date of birth, NHS number and GP details.
Supporters will be able confirm that they agree to new measures for each away fixture as part of the ticket purchase process.
Supporters who have not yet had their first or second Covid-19 vaccine, or are now due the booster jab, can get it at a number of locations in Wolverhampton, including the new vaccination clinic in the Mander Centre.
The clinic is in the Upper Mall, opposite Rymans, and is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. No appointment is necessary.
For details of all vaccination sites around the city, head to wolverhampton.gov.uk/localvaccine.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A link to a number of FAQ’s relating to the new Plan B guidance and requirements can be found HERE.
We would like to thank supporters for their cooperation during these times as the club does everything it can to keep supporters and all those in attendance at top-flight fixtures as safe as possible during the Covid pandemic.
Wolves will continue to work with the Government, local health authorities and safety groups, being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance to keep Molineux safe and full for the rest of the season.
Any supporters who require further assistance should email firstname.lastname@example.org.