Supporters wishing to attend forthcoming fixtures at Deepdale will be required to provide evidence of their Covid-19 certification to enter the stadium, whether this be in the form of a vaccination pass or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test.
As of Wednesday 15th December 2021, changes to Government legislation meant that Covid-19 certification became mandatory for entry into settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.
As a result, these new restrictions will come in to place at Deepdale ahead of our Boxing Day fixture against Sheffield United on Sunday 26th December.
The new restrictions state that all those aged 18 or over who are attending the game must present a valid NHS Covid Pass, whether this is in the form of a vaccination pass or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test.
This applies to all supporters, both home and away, as well as any carers or personal assistants who are attending with disabled supporters.
Checks will be carried out at the turnstiles at Deepdale on entry to the stadium, and supporters are encouraged to arrive early to avoid any potentially long queues ahead of kick-off.
The fan zone will also close slightly earlier, with last orders at 2.15pm, to give supporters more time to enter through the turnstiles with the additional checks in place.
Hospitality areas will be open at the earlier time of 12noon to allow a steady flow of arrivals in these areas.
As announced prior to our home game against Barnsley earlier this month, supporters will be required to wear a face mask when indoors, for example in the concourse or in hospitality areas, unless eating or drinking.
Details on what an NHS Covid Pass is and how you can get yours can be found below.
What counts as Covid-19 certification?
The NHS Covid Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or recent test result. It is your current Covid-19 status and can be provided with one of the following:
- A digital NHS Covid Pass
- A paper NHS Covid Pass
- A negative Lateral Flow Test result within the 48 hours before kick-off
How do I get my NHS Covid pass?
Your Covid Pass can be generated on the app if you have been fully vaccinated over two weeks prior, if you have returned a negative Covid test in the previous 48 hours or if you have registered a medical exemption with the NHS.
How should I store my online Covid pass?
Additional checks may delay your entry time to the ground so supporters are urged to save any online pass to your device, such as in an Apple Wallet if you have an iPhone, so that you can access the pass offline and not rely on signal at the stadium.
To add your NHS Covid Pass to the device’s wallet, tap the ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ button within the NHS COVID Pass service.
Please note that if you store an offline version of your NHS COVID Pass into your Apple Wallet it will only be valid until the expiry date shown on the COVID Pass. The expiry date will not refresh automatically. This means you will need to store an updated NHS COVID Pass to your Apple Wallet before you next plan to use it if your original COVID Pass has or is due to expire.
I don’t own a smart phone. How do I prove my Covid-19 status?
You can receive a paper copy of your Covid-19 status. Please carry this with you so you can show your Covid-19 status when attending a match.
Supporters who are over 18, fully vaccinated and registered with a GP surgery, but do not have the ability to obtain a digital passport through a computer, tablet or smartphone can request a paper NHS Covid pass.
Also, supporters who do not have photographic ID must register for the paper NHS Covid pass.
Supporters should wait five working days after the final dose of the vaccination before requesting the paper copy.
To request a paper NHS Covid pass, click here or call 119.
Please note, this can take up to ten working days to arrive, therefore supporters who must use this service are recommended to do so as soon as possible. Paper vaccination cards will not be accepted.
I am not fully vaccinated, how do I provide Covid certification with a negative Lateral Flow Test result?
Those who are not fully vaccinated and are over the age of 18 must have a recent negative Lateral Flow Test result to attend any fixture/event with more than 10,000 people.
Lateral Flow Tests are available for free from your local test centre or pharmacy. You can also order tests here.
The tests must be taken at home in the 48 hours prior to attending games at Deepdale.
Within the Lateral Flow Test kit, there are clear instructions on how to take the test and record the results. It is imperative that supporters do not bring their physical test with them, but record the result with the NHS.
This can be done by clicking here or calling 119. When the result has been recorded, you will receive a text message and email from the NHS. This is deemed as a valid NHS Covid pass.