Tottenham are set to trial the NHS Covid pass for the fans attending the pre-season-friendly matches against Arsenal. The North London rivals are set to take on each other on August 8. The women’s teams will also take each other on for bragging rights. Any fans attending the match will be required to prove they are fully vaccinated or produce a negative test within 48 hours of the match. The trial is put in place after the government will make it mandatory that a full vaccination is required for large events from October 1 onwards. Fans under the age of 18 will not be required to be vaccinated.

“Tottenham Hotspur will be trialing the use of the NHS COVID Pass to verify the vaccination or Covid status of supporters attending our men’s and women’s matches against Arsenal on Sunday 8 August.” tottenham said in a statement before their friendly againt Arsenal. “This follows recent Government announcements and the necessity for the club to begin preparations for the potential of full vaccination against Covid-19 being a condition of entry to large events from 1 October.”

The passes are set to be checked by a steward after the initial check and before they enter the stadium. Fans have been requested to take a screenshot or have the QR code ready when asked. Recently, the Premier League issued a statement with regard to the Covid passes for the 2021/22 season.

“Fans have been hugely missed so we welcome today’s announcement by the Government, and are looking forward to full stadiums in the 2021/22 season.” the Premier League said in a statement after the announcement of no requirement for a Covid-19 certification. “As we move towards a Government decision on Step 4 of the roadmap and beyond, we will continue to work with football stakeholders and relevant public authorities to ensure that the return to full capacity is done in a way that keeps everyone safe.”

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