The government announces new Covid restrictions to watch football in England

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The British government has confirmed that fans who want to take part in football matches in England will need a Covid-19 pass or a negative test to enter.

Due to concerns about the new Omicron strain of the virus, a “Plan B” has been introduced which will see new restrictions introduced across England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed at a news conference on Wednesday night that any independent outdoor arena with more than 5,000 and all arenas over 10,000 – which is every course in the Premier League and Championship – would need participants to have a Covid-19 pass, achieved for those who are double vaccinated, or may show negative side flow test.

Johnson said: “Covid cards will be mandatory for nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather in England.

“This will include indoor patios with more than 500 people, patios without seating with more than 5,000 people and all spaces with more than 10,000 people.”

He said two doses will be enough for a Covid-19 session, but this will be kept under review as booster vaccinations continue to be rolled out to the public. A negative side flow will also be acceptable for entry. The new rules will be implemented from Wednesday 15 December.

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