PANDEMIC – NEW GUIDANCE
The FA has issued new guidance to coincide with England moving to Step 4 in the pandemic road map on Monday. The key features for spectators are:
MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
In step four, the use of masks will become voluntary in all settings, with the Government advising people to use their personal judgement and to take responsibility, depending on the situation. Government advice is that the use of masks reduce risks to people (both yourselves and those around you) in crowded spaces. Please also note that businesses and organisations may still require masks to be used. All businesses and facilities will be able to open in step four, with no caps on capacity (indoors or outdoors).
There will be no legal requirement for use of QR codes of collection of test and trace data, however businesses and facilities can continue to do this, if they wish.
As part of step four, there are no limits on spectators and clubs can work to the capacity limit of the ground where they play. Clubs are encouraged to agree limits with their local authority or Safety Advisory Group, where applicable. Clubs should plan (and assess risk) to make the attendance of spectators to be as safe as possible for all. Some measures clubs should consider include:
- Encouraging spectators to follow hygiene best practice and guidance i.e. signage, hand sanitisers;
- continuing to maintain and encourage social distancing whenever possible;
- encouraging spectators to respect the rules of the venue they are attending, including arriving at the venue in good time;
- wearing face masks in crowded indoor areas, such as moving around clubhouses;
- making use of Government supplied Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) and take one before attending and reminding supporters that: ‘If your LFT is positive or you have any doubt about your health, you should not attend’; and
- encouraging those fully vaccinated or with a negative lateral flow test to download their Covid pass in the NHS app where the anticipated crowd may prevent social distancing in the ground.
More extensive guidance has been issued to leagues and clubs for fixtures and the safe operation of facilities.