NHS Covid Pass & the Autumn Nations Series 2021
Written by Gavin on 14th October 2021
As we look forward to the return to international rugby and a sold out Principality Stadium for the mighty All Blacks (New Zealand), who are the first to face Wales in an epic series of autumn internationals.
We relish the memories of a packed crowd, chanting, chills from the anthem and the passion delivered both on and off the field in equal measure.
It’s important for the WRU and Principality Stadium that we provide a safe environment in which supporters can enjoy thrilling rugby and focus on having the best stadium experience possible.
In line with Welsh Government legislation, the NHS Covid Pass or proof of negative LFT (lateral flow test) within 48 hours before the game will be an entry requirement for the Autumn Nations Series at Principality Stadium.
This requirement will be managed as part of a visual ‘spot-check’ on arrival at your designated gate and supporters are strongly advised that failure to supply an NHS Covid Pass or proof of an email or text with a negative lateral flow test result upon request will, unfortunately, result in denied entry into the stadium.
“We cannot stress strongly enough that supporters need to ensure that they arrive at the ground with the necessary NHS Covid Pass or relevant text or email,” said Principality Stadium manager Mark Williams.
“We are looking forward to welcoming supporters back to the stadium with open arms, this is a homecoming and an opportunity to finally gather together in celebration of our national sport. Our message to fans is that we are really looking forward to seeing you, but we need you to help us to help you and arrive with evidence that you have met the legal requirements for entry.
“The alternative to the NHS Covid Pass was likely more restrictions which would’ve had a greater impact on the game day experience. With this, once you present your Pass or proof of negative lateral flow test, the transition into the stadium will be a smooth one and we will be delighted to see you enjoy the rest of your day and all of the joys that a sold-out matchday experience has to offer, safely.
“But, with such a huge crowd, and in order to meet the requirements of law, our stewards will be in no position to problem solve or help supporters on the day who do not have the right proof to enter.
“That’s why it is so important to get the message out to everyone ahead of time – if you can’t prove you meet legal requirements you will miss the game.
Of course, our full refund policy remains in place for supporters who are prevented from attending by a positive Covid test or associated restrictions, but the fact remains that is you have taken no action prior to matchday, you’re highly likely to be refused entry.”
In line with Welsh Government legislation, supporters under the age of 18 are exempt from getting an NHS Covid Pass or the requirement to show proof of negative LFT proof of negative LFT.
The NHS Covid Pass is available in digital or printed format. Please note, if you opt for a paper format this can take between 7 – 10 days to arrive. It’s recommended you get the digital pass.
Where can I get my proof of negative LFT?
Please note the testing kit itself will NOT be accepted as proof of a negative result, results must be registered with NHS and it is this proof of registration which is required to be presented.
All food and beverage units across the stadium will be open and supporters will be encouraged to be mindful of others and keep their distance when heading to a bar or food station during half time or before the game; and Principality Stadium Experience will be operating a full hospitality service for the first time in 18 months and the return to full capacity crowds.
The introduction of an NHS Covid Pass or proof of negative LFT, bolsters existing measures put in place for the wellbeing of supporters and staff, which includes:
- Digital ticketing – Principality Stadium App (to comply with Track & Trace)
- Completion of health questionnaire (within stadium app)
- Staggered entry – all ticket holders will be given a designated entry time and gate number as issued on their digital ticket. This is to limit queues and crowding.
- For additional protection, face coverings are to be worn upon entry and whilst travelling through the stadium however these can be removed once in your seat
- Supporters can find hand sanitizer spots throughout the Principality stadium
- Enhanced cleaning measures throughout Principality Stadium
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