​Fans advised to prepare for vaccine certification legislation

​Fans advised to prepare for vaccine certification legislation

Edinburgh Rugby fans over the age of 18 should be prepared to show proof they are fully vaccinated (or are otherwise exempt) at forthcoming matches at the DAM Health Stadium.

New Scottish Government legislation on vaccine certification means fans may be asked to prove they are fully vaccinated before attending large events, including those where there is a combination of seated and standing capacity of more than 4,000.

The Scottish Government has now confirmed to the club that the standing element of the DAM Health Stadium means Edinburgh Rugby home matches fall within the scope of the legislation.

The legislation will be introduced across the country tomorrow (1 October), a week before the Edinburgh’s next home match in the United Rugby Championship (URC) against South African side DHL Stormers (Saturday 9 October).

Enforcement action has been delayed until Monday 18 October, allowing the club time to test, adapt and build confidence among fans in the practical arrangements of the scheme.

As part of that process, Edinburgh Rugby fans should be prepared to demonstrate their fully vaccinated status at the Stormers match and future home matches until such time as the legislation is in no longer in place.

Random spot checks of fans will take place before the ticket scanning points at the stadium’s entrances, where fans may be asked to show either written or digital evidence to prove they are fully vaccinated.

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.

“With our matches now falling within the scope of the new legislation, we appreciate our supporters’ patience, understanding and cooperation as we work through the introduction of 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

Stay Safe

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.

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