Villa Park Covid-19 Checks
Some Aston Villa supporters will have already experienced Covid-19 vaccination & test spot checks on recent away days in London, and the Aston Villa vs Wolves game this weekend will see organised checks intensify at Villa Park this season.
From MOMS experience at the recent Tottenham Hotspur stadium, due to poor mobile reception, it’s advisable to take a screen shot of your NHS vaccination or test status.
Currently no fans will be refused entry to Villa Park, as it’s not a mandatory requirement yet. It’s in preparation for any winter measures the government may bring in to tackle the pandemic if infection rates worsen.
The club have also launched a survey to garner supporter feelings about match days during these current times. You can find both the club’s statement on the spot checks and the survey link below.
Aston Villa Statement on Spot Checks
Supporters are advised to be prepared for increased COVID-19 vaccination spot checks on matchdays at Villa Park.
Aston Villa, 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.
An important part of this work is to ensure fans have valid COVID status in order to attend a match, with evidence of COVID status a condition of entry across the Premier League and set in the Supporter Code of Conduct.
The club made fans aware of our matchday protocols and COVID-19 guidance in August and, commencing from Saturday’s home fixture against Wolves (ko 3pm), spot checks will be increased.
All supporters over the age of 18, including those in hospitality, should only attend a match if they have a valid NHS COVID Pass or can show valid alternative proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have registered a negative COVID test in the previous 48 hours.
Fans may be asked to produce evidence to demonstrate one of these forms of valid COVID certification before entering the stadium.
The list of accepted evidence is as follows:
– NHS COVID Pass via: NHS App, Apple/Android Wallet, PDF of NHS COVID Pass, NHS COVID Pass letter
– EU digital COVID certificate
– Negative COVID test result via email or text message*
– Antibody test evidence via NHS App (positive PCR test less than six months ago)*
– 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.
Lateral flow tests are available free from local NHS providers and some pharmacies. They can also be ordered online here.
Supporters are advised to arrive at Villa Park in plenty of time in order to be prepared for increased spot checks.
Please note, as it currently stands, no fan will be refused entry to Villa Park.
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.
We would like to gather supporters’ thoughts around COVID vaccine verification so we can work together with the government and Premier League to share our collaborative findings.
If you would be like to have your say and give us your thoughts on this, please fill out the survey via the link below.