Wales confirms rugby fans attending Principality Stadium WILL need a Covid passport
Wales confirms rugby fans attending their Autumn Nations tests at Principality Stadium WILL require Covid passports – with supporters warned they will be denied entry if they don’t
- Wales will host four Autumn Nations tests in October and November
- Supporters will be ‘onsite checked’ for their Covid status before being granted entry
- Fans visiting the Principality Stadium who are over the age of 18 must provide proof of a double jab or negative lateral flow test taken up to 48 hours in advance
Wales rugby fans will need a Covid pass to attend the Principality Stadium testing in Cardiff this fall.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) confirmed that, as with Twickenham for England matches, supporters will be ‘on the spot checked’ for their virus status before being given entry to the four internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia .
Fans over the age of 18 must prove they have had a double jab, or pass a negative lateral flow test, which will be performed up to 48 hours before the match is allowed.
Wales rugby fans attending their Autumn Nations tests need proof of Covid vaccination
In this illustration, a woman holds an iPhone with an NHS Covid Pass in Cardiff last week
“We cannot emphasize strongly enough that supporters must ensure they arrive on the ground with the necessary NHS Covid Pass or relevant text or email,” said Principality Stadium manager Mark Williams.
“It’s so important to get the message out to everyone up front — if you can’t prove you’re meeting the legal requirements, you’re missing out.”
The Welsh team will reunite on Monday and find themselves in a ‘bubble’ again at their Vale of Glamorgan hotel base, where they can only go home after the games, and then only for 24 hours.
Pre-Covid players would have Wednesday off to see their families, but now they can’t leave during a Test week. Wales will also not release players back to their region if they are not picked over the weekend, in order to reduce the spread of positive Covid cases.
Most are doubly vaccinated, with just a few players and one management member not yet, but Wales have reintroduced this strict bubble to avoid canceling lucrative tests which will net the WRU around £6-8 million each now that fans are back.
“This virus is as strong as it ever was in terms of its number in the community, so there’s so much risk in these games in terms of what’s at stake in terms of revenue,” said Wayne Pivac, the boss of the company. Wales.
“We don’t have the luxury of a club team where we can put it off for a weekend a month or two later.
“We will be in a strict bubble even if the public can do what they do.”
Wales will face four internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia in Cardiff
What are the new rules in Wales for showing an NHS Covid Pass?
From 11 October, all over 18s in Wales must use the NHS Covid Pass to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated or tested negative to attend major events, nightclubs and other similar venues.
This relates to:
- nightclubs and similar venues
- unscheduled indoor venues with over 500 people in the audience
- all outdoor or indoor venues with a capacity greater than 4,000, including seating
- any event, of any kind, where more than 10,000 people attend
To access these locations, you must prove one of the following two:
- You are fully vaccinated against Covid-19
- You have tested negative for Covid-19 (lateral flow test 48 hours before the event or attending the venue)
You can use the NHS Covid Pass, or test results sent by email or text will also be considered proof of a negative test.