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England introduces vaccine passports for Euro 2020 games

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England residents attending Euro 2020 matches at Wembley will have to use COVID-19 vaccine passports. It will be the first time for vaccine certification to be used at a sporting event in the UK.

To gain entry into Wembley, fans will have to prove they have received the two doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the match, or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours.

Wembley will host all three group stage matches involving England, against Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic at 25% capacity, 22,500 fans. If the matches run smoothly, larger crowds could be allowed for the semi-final and final matches, which will also be played at Wembley.

“All ticket holders aged 11 and older must present evidence that they are at a low-risk of transmitting COVID-19 to enter Wembley Stadium. Failure to do so will mean you’re unable to attend the match,” the UEFA website reads.

For vaccination, UEFA requires proof of “both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match (demonstrated via the NHS App or via the Scottish or Welsh vaccination record services).”

Fans from Northern Ireland, the fourth country making up the UK, will not be able to attend any match since they have no way of proving their COVID-19 status.

Supporters outside the UK can also attend, if they present evidence of a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours.

“Any other test results, e.g. a PCR test result from a private company, will not be accepted and entry will be denied,” UEFA added.

In contrast, fans attending matches that will be played at Hampden Park, in Glasgow, Scotland, will not need to show proof of negative tests or vaccination. The only requirement is a social distance of 1.5m.

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