Broadcasters face strict Covid restrictions for post-match interviews

Premier League broadcasters will have to follow strict Covid regulations ahead of return to indoor interviews this weekend… with Sky and BT Sport set to be accredited for new ‘purple zone’

  • Host broadcasters allowed back into indoor spaces at stadiums this weekend 
  • Staff must have Covid passports and wear face coverings in new ‘purple zone’
  • Other media outlets will continue to conduct their interviews in outside spaces
  • Broadcasters however have also been told they must not stay in the tunnel area

Premier League broadcasters will need to follow tough Covid restrictions to ensure they can finally return to conducting interviews indoors.

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Tuesday, host broadcasters Sky and BT Sport will be allowed back into indoor spaces at stadiums from this weekend, pending formal top-flight ratification.

Broadcasters and crew members accredited for the new ‘purple zone’ must have Covid passports and wear face coverings while indoors, including going to and from the interview room.

Host broadcasters Sky and BT Sport will be allowed back into indoor spaces at stadiums

Broadcasters and crew members accredited for the new ‘purple zone’ must wear a mask

Reporters can take their masks off during interviews. Those with two players from the same team can take place without the need for two-metre social distancing — but crew members must remain two metres away from interviewees.

Broadcasters have also been told they must not stay in the tunnel area.

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The indoor interview room will only be for host broadcasters, with other media outlets continuing to conduct their interviews outside.

But if bad language or excessive noise from fans is unworkable, secondary broadcasters will now have the option to move further on to the pitch, as opposed to staying on the touchline for post-match interviews. Such a move would require clearance from the match manager.

Reporters can take masks off during interviews, but broadcasters cannot stay in tunnel area




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