Goodison entry requirements for festive fixtures

Tuesday, 28 December, 2021 26comments  |  Jump to last

The two festive Premier League fixtures at Goodison Park will be subject to new entry protocols for fans as part of the Government's ‘Plan B' measures.

The following press release from Everton provides full details (on the assumption that one or both games go ahead):

Adult supporters are now required to demonstrate proof of at least two vaccine doses (Covid Pass) or a negative lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours prior to kick-off.

These are the measures in place for fixtures against Newcastle United on 30 December and Brighton and Hove Albion on 2 January.

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  • Supporters aged 18 and over are required to complete the self-certification form emailed to them. This will confirm a supporter's COVID status before attending Goodison Park. If you previously completed this form ahead of the postponed Leicester City game, you do not need to repeat the process for each subsequent fixture.
  • All match attendees aged 18 and over to bring a valid COVID Pass or proof of a negative lateral-flow or PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to kick-off. Supporters must be able and prepared to show relevant documentation when asked.
  • All match attendees to arrive early as matchday spot checks, in line with Premier League requirements, will be increased significantly. The new measures will likely have an impact on entry times to Goodison Park.

All match attendees unable to show a valid COVID Pass (provided they do not have an exemption pass) or proof of a negative lateral flow/PCR test will be denied entry to Goodison Park. This will also impact a supporter's ability to attend future games until they can prove they have met the legal requirements of stadium entry.

For clarity, the accepted evidence of vaccine certification are:

  • NHS COVID-19 Pass, PDF Form, or a GP Paper Letter.

Accepted evidence of lateral-flow or PCR test negative result:

  • NHS email or text message.

Accepted evidence of exemption:

  • From 25 December, evidence of exemption will only be accepted in the form of an NHS COVID Pass or a GP Letter. Without this pass, exempt supporters will not be able to access Goodison Park.

To learn more about how to link a vaccination record to the NHS app to create a Covid Pass click here.

There are currently no COVID requirements for under-18s. However, we do strongly encourage supporters in all age groups to take a test on the day of the game, for the additional safety of fellow fans and Club staff.

Anyone purchasing tickets for multiple supporters for future fixtures will be asked, as part of the purchase process, to confirm that all members in the party are either double vaccinated, medically exempt or will take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours prior to kick-off.

The safety and security of our supporters, staff and the local community is Everton's priority and all visitors to Goodison Park are asked to understand this is a developing situation and the rules stated above are liable to change, dependent upon Government and Premier League guidelines.

Supporters attending all fixtures, home and away, should also bring a face covering to wear when in the stadium, in line with government guidance on gatherings in enclosed places, and should arrive at the stadium in good time.

All payments inside the stadium will remain contactless, to speed movement through concourses and minimise contact at all points of sale.

As part of the matchday Code of Conduct, supporters should not attend any fixture if they have COVID-19, returned a positive COVID-19 result - as part of their lateral flow or PCR test within 48 hours of this fixture, if they have any COVID symptoms — including cold or flu-like symptoms, high temperature, new continuous cough, or a loss of sense of taste/smell.

To read the full Supporter Code of Conduct, click here.


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 28/12/2021 at 11:06:48
Frankly I doubt the Newcastle or Brighton games will even go ahead.

It seems these days a few players have only got to fart in the morning instead of the night and then they get games called off instead of just getting the second string lads into some action.

Darren Hind
2 Posted 28/12/2021 at 19:07:36
Cant disagree with Jim.

Having seen quotes from Eddie Howe put up on another thread, it is becoming increasingly obvious that pressuring the governing bodies into postponing games, seems to be a legitimate managerial tactic. They're all at it... When it suits.

This already shite season is going to run well into summer.

I`m all for putting the health of people first....but tactical use of postponements is becoming a little unsavory

Dale Self
3 Posted 28/12/2021 at 19:23:57
Negative lateral flow, hmm.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 29/12/2021 at 17:30:11
Agree; use the squad and play the game - literally.

I'll be interested to see the implementation of this. Because as far as I understood, this is supposed to have been the case all season.

I've had my Apps and email confirmations checked at airports (not re-entering the UK by the way) this year, but I've never been asked for anything entering a Premier League ground.

Maybe it is / was / will be random spot checks?

Rob Halligan
5 Posted 30/12/2021 at 17:17:52
Interesting piece on the Everton website regarding getting the jabs and booster.

Public Health Director urges fans to get vaccinated.

Michael Spear
6 Posted 30/12/2021 at 17:57:07
Danny, yes it is/was/and likely will continue to be random spot checks. Asking 38,000+ people to show their Covid vaccination/test status in the couple of hours before kickoff that gates are open is a logistical nightmare.

That said, out of the six home games and four away games that I've been to this season, I've been asked to show mine on three occasions... all at Goodison when approaching the Park End entrances.

No problems, except when with my brother from North Wales where he couldn't download his pass so had to show the relevant emails he had. As I say, no problem and not that different from being asked to show my Senior Railcard on the train when using a discounted ticket!

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 30/12/2021 at 18:07:07
Danny, down at Chelsea I was asked for proof of vaccination, or Covid negative tests, prior to gaining entry into the stadium, as was everyone around me.

I was in the upper tier of the Shed End that night, and I seem to remember you saying you were in the lower tier. I don't know if they just checked those in the upper tier or not, but it was the first time I've been asked for confirmation of vaccines.

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 30/12/2021 at 18:36:38
Rob, how do you display that proof? On your phone? Or is an actual paper copy of your status required?
Rob Halligan
9 Posted 30/12/2021 at 18:41:58
On my phone, Mike. We've got an NHS App which shows near enough all your medical history. It shows your covid jabs including dates you've had them, and also the booster. You can also order repeat prescriptions on it, book GP appointments, in fact the lot!!!
Allen Rodgers
10 Posted 30/12/2021 at 18:44:19
Mike @8,

On your phone if possible but my Huawei won't take the NHS app so I have a paper copy to show if asked, plus my cards from jab 1 & 2 plus booster.

Anyone think Brighton will be on?

Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 30/12/2021 at 19:41:08
Yes, lower Tier Rob. My mate took the Upper Tier ticket.

On my phone via the NHS App Mike.

Not sure how the lateral flow test thing would work.

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 30/12/2021 at 20:05:48
Rob and Danny, that's cool. We're a lot less sophisticated here in the Colonies. I have a vax card with handwritten notes and a hospital stamp, of which I have snapped a photo with my phone. It gets me into choir events and the gym.
Michael Spear
13 Posted 30/12/2021 at 20:10:04
Rob, we were in the Upper Tier at Chelsea but no checks. Mind you, the sniffer dog was getting very interested in what I had in my pocket – cheesy bite treats for my Westie that I'd forgotten to take out!

Danny, I'm not sure the lateral flow test thing is worth the paper it would be written on. You get an email from NHS confirming the (presumably) negative test result that you tell them about via the website. It's a system wide open to abuse by those so minded. But everyone seems happy with it.

Katy Breeze
14 Posted 31/12/2021 at 19:35:23
Danny @ 11, you can register your lateral flow result on the Government web site (GOV.UK). You are then sent an email or text confirming the result you have entered.

Unfortunately being double or even triple vaccinated doesn't mean you aren't infected, so a LFT on the day is the safest way to go.
Allen Rodgers
15 Posted 03/01/2022 at 21:52:11
Didn't see any checks at all at the Brighton game.
Brian Williams
16 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:14:25
Everyone seemed to be getting checked at the Top Balcony turnstiles, in fact, one guy got turned away in front of me as he didn't have the appropriate proof required for entry.
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:18:24
Must be targeted or spot checks. I haven't been checked home or away.
Paul Swan
18 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:35:28
Me and my son had to show our Covid passes before entering the Upper Gwladys on Sunday. To be honest, I could have shown a packet of Benson & Hedges for all the attention the steward paid it.
Barry Hesketh
19 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:36:40
They were checking everybody going into the Street End yesterday. Two people just shy of the turnstiles, checked the pass and scanned the ticket of each person before they entered the ground.
Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:42:52
Got all mine at the ready by the way. I've needed them for travel to and from the US. As well as my 11 tests!!
Brent Stephens
21 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:48:08
Danny, I’ve just passed my 11 plus test.
Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 03/01/2022 at 22:59:59
11 plus Brent. I was a bit young but I think I could have passed it!!

I think I've been jabbed and tested more in the past few months than before I went to Afghanistan. Well maybe not, but I've no problem showing people if they ask.

Still couldn't get a half-time drink in the Upper Bullens. I'll put that down to my bad admin and timing. And I've given up trying to negotiate with the ladies serving. When they say no, it's no. No negotiation!!

Michael Lynch
23 Posted 03/01/2022 at 23:05:56
Everyone was asked for their Covid pass when I went in. Upper Bullens. Mind you, I was a bit earlier than usual so there wasn't a big queue.
Brent Stephens
24 Posted 03/01/2022 at 23:10:32
Upper Bullens is my territory, Danny. If I'd have known, I'd have asked you to get me a pint as well at half-time.
Danny O’Neill
25 Posted 03/01/2022 at 23:41:28
It's where I tend to head for when I get home tickets these days Brent. I owe you more than a drink.

If I can get served!!

Brent Stephens
26 Posted 03/01/2022 at 23:45:45
“If I can get served”. That’s a Dave Abrahams excuse, Danny.

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