Swansea City FC have confirmed that NHS COVID passes will be a legal requirement for supporters attending home games at the newly renamed Swansea.com Stadium – starting with the game against Cardiff City on Sunday, 17 October.
The moves comes following a Welsh Government vote yesterday (October 5), where legislation was passed that means people in Wales aged 18 or over who are attending any event with more than 10,000 people must present an NHS COVID pass.
In a statement on their website, the club said: “The NHS COVID pass is Welsh legislation and therefore we are legally bound to comply. This will encompass all supporters, regardless of their vaccination status and will be enforced by the club.
“The first fixture under the new legislation will be the visit of Cardiff on October 17, with ticket details for that fixture due to be announced at 5pm today.
“The club will be opening turnstiles 30 minutes earlier than usual – so TWO HOURS before kick-off. Therefore, supporters can enter the Swansea.com Stadium from 10am for the Cardiff fixture.
“Supporters are encouraged to visit www.swanseacity.com/covid-pass to keep up to date with the requirements to attend the Swansea.com Stadium.”
The NHS COVID pass is deemed as being either a digital NHS COVID pass, a paper NHS COVID pass or a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) result within the past 48 hours.
To get a digital NHS COVID pass you must sign up on the government’s NHS site first. The process requires a photo ID, so people who do not have access to one need to apply for a paper NHS COVID pass instead.
Paper passes can only be obtained by calling the Welsh Government’s 0300 303 5667 helpline – and can take up to ten working days for the pass to arrive.
Those aged over 18 and not fully vaccinated are likely to need to show a recent negative lateral flow test result. These must be taken at home, 48 hours prior to attending. The results then need to be uploaded to the Government website or by calling 119. You should show the text message or email received as proof of your negative result. Don’t bring your test kit to the venue.
LFT kits are available to order online from the government website. They are also available to collect from local libraries and most pharmacies.
(Lead image: Swansea City FC)
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