Supporter update: COVID passports
Edinburgh Rugby wish to reassure supporters they will not be turned away if they don't have proof of vaccination at the club’s home matches against DHL Stormers this Saturday (9 October) or Vodacom Bulls (next Saturday 16 October), while the club trials COVID passport checks over the next fortnight.
Fans over the age of 18 may still be asked to show proof they are fully vaccinated (or are otherwise exempt), as the games will be used as a practical trial.
Vaccine certification legislation was introduced by the Scottish Government across the country on Friday (1 October) however enforcement action has been delayed until Monday 18 October – after the two games – allowing the club time to test the practical arrangements of the scheme.
As part of that trial, selected Edinburgh Rugby fans will still be asked their vaccinated status but can be reassured they will not be denied entry if they do not, or cannot, present proof at that time.
The club’s first home game within the enforcement period is against Benetton on Friday 3 December, at which point the scheme will be fully implemented and any person failing to prove their vaccine certification or exemption status will, in compliance with the law, unfortunately be refused entry.
The random spot checks will take place before the ticket scanning points at the stadium’s entrances.
Visitors from all parts of the UK will be able to use their existing vaccine certificates, your vaccine does not have to have been given in Scotland.
Individuals will be exempt if they:
* Are under 18
* Are participating in vaccine trials
* Cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, said: “Our focus remains ensuring our fans feel safe and secure when attending the DAM Health Stadium, while hoping today’s news is reassuring for supporters in the short term.
“We appreciate our supporters’ patience, understanding and cooperation as we work through these new measures over the coming weeks.
“We encourage fans to secure their vaccine certification soon, continue to wear face coverings – which are mandatory indoors – and to follow test and protect rules and guidance.
“We also encourage fans to take a lateral flow test either the day before or on matchday so that, together, as a club, we continue to play our part in stopping the spread.”
Fans can get a copy their vaccination status by clicking HERE
You can also get a copy of your vaccine status by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. The helpline is open every day from 10am to 6pm.
Details on the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine certification scheme can be found HERE
Please do not attend a match if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the 10 days prior to the match of if you have been asked to self-isolate by Test & Protect or another Contact Tracing agency having been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The same applies if you feel generally unwell (with symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, change or loss of sense of taste / smell, sore throat, headache, runny nose, fatigue). If this happens, self-isolate and book a PCR test.