Matchday Covid 19 spot checks at Elland Road

Matchday Covid 19 spot checks at Elland Road

Supporters advised to arrive early.

Leeds United, the Premier League and its clubs have a shared goal and ongoing commitment to keep supporters and all those in attendance at top-flight fixtures as safe as possible during the COVID pandemic.

COVID-19 certification spot checks will be in place at Elland Road for the Premier League fixture on Saturday against Newcastle United as part of efforts to minimise the risk of virus transmission.

The club requests supporters attending matches at Elland Road to arrive early due to the COVID-19 certification spot checks and security searches that will be taking place at entry points, as requested in the Club’s Supporter Code of Conduct

To ensure the safety of everyone in attendance and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, COVID-19 status spot checks will be in place and all supporters over the age of 18 (including hospitality guests) should be prepared to confirm their COVID-19 status by:

  • Showing their COVID-19 Pass via the NHS App, PDF or NHS letter;
  • Showing proof of a negative lateral flow or PCR test result from within the previous 48 hours; or
  • Declaring an exemption from COVID-19 vaccinations and/or testing.

The club recommends supporters have a copy of their COVID-19 Pass on their smartphone. If you have an Apple device, add your pass to your Apple Wallet. If you have an Android device, ensure you have screengrabbed, downloaded, or a printed copy of your pass.

To minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to keep each other as safe as possible, the club’s advice to all supporters is to take a lateral flow test at home before each fixture they plan to attend, as well as wearing face-coverings when moving around in any indoor areas at the stadium.

For information on how to order a lateral flow test, click HERE. If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or any cold or flu-type symptoms, please DO NOT come to any Leeds United fixture. Book a test through the Government website or call 119.

  • Why am I being asked to do this?
    The key objectives are to increase supporter safety and help ensure that football in the UK continues to be staged with stadiums at full capacity. 
  • What if I cannot confirm my COVID-19 status?
    If you are unable to confirm your COVID-19 status in a spot check, you will be advised that it may become a condition of entry for Elland Road going forward but will be granted access for this particular fixture, only. 

Please note, as it currently stands, no fan will be refused entry to Elland Road. COVID-19 status certification is not yet mandatory but we ask our supporters to be ready for its potential implementation on future matchdays, should the government move to Plan B of its COVID response autumn-winter measures.

The information gathered from these spot checks will help to ensure that matches are being managed safely and to help everyone prepare for a future scenario whereby COVID-19 certification checks become mandatory for entry to Elland Road. In that scenario, should any person be unable to confirm their COVID-19 status by one of the methods described above, they would be denied access to Elland Road.

  • How can I confirm my COVID-19 status?
    Adult supporters (18+) are encouraged to obtain a COVID Pass via the NHS App or NHS website which can then be shown to matchday staff when at the stadium. Details on how to obtain your NHS COVID Pass are available HERE.

 Other acceptable current forms of proof are listed below:

  • Covid Pass via the NHS App – not the NHS Covid-19 App
  • PDF Version from the NHS App
  • Negative test result email or text message*
  • NHS Covid-Pass letter
  • NHS Covid Vaccine Card (physical copy)*

*Please note, this form of evidence is currently accepted but would be insufficient should COVID-19 status certification become mandatory and the government move to Plan B of its COVID response autumn-winter measures.

Exemptions - individuals who declare an exemption and are unable to be vaccinated or COVID tested:

From 1 October 2021, the government has allowed those with a valid exemption to register their status with the NHS. Registering will allow a supporter to generate an NHS COVID Pass in the same way as if they had completed full vaccination or a negative test.

All supporters will be required to demonstrate their exemption status in this way from mid-December. For further information on government COVID certification exemption policy, click here.

Jon Howe