Sky Sports have revealed the government’s plans to mandate proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test from spectators attending sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000, has now been approved.

It was revealed last week that the government aimed to bring in measures to try and help stem the rate at which the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was spreading through the UK.

This included plans for fans to present proof of double vaccination or a negative flow lateral test to enter venues of over 10,000 capacity.

Some suggested that Premier League clubs might be worried about the move as it could lead to a long wait to enter stadiums and would thus result in more empty seats.

However, Sky Sports have now revealed that MPs voted in favour of the plan by a majority of 243 in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening.

It is explained that under the new rules, fans who are unable to prove they are double vaccinated or produce a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of the event, will be denied entry to the venue.

Sky Sports add that Spurs, along with Chelsea and Brighton, have already prepared for this eventually, having made COVID passes mandatory for some home games earlier this season. 

Spurs Web Opinion

Given that the biggest concern about introducing Covid passes was the long wait needed to get into the stadium, this solution is a good one. Asking fans to submit proof 48 hours in advance would ensure that a longer queue is avoided.

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