Clubs scramble to hire more stewards for Plan B Covid restrictions

Premier League and EFL clubs scramble to hire more stewards after being told fans must show vaccine passports or a recent negative test as part of the Government’s move to Plan B of their Covid-19 restrictions

  • Fans must now show proof of full vaccination or a negative test upon entry
  • Clubs are confident of meeting the proposals but their is a lot of upheaval
  • Some English clubs have already been struggling to hire extra stewards 

Premier League and EFL clubs are scrambling to recruit additional stewards after being told all fans must show proof of full vaccination or a recent negative Covid test from next week.

Most clubs have been carrying out random spot-checks on fans’ Covid status all season, but they will become mandatory at grounds with a capacity of more than 10,000 after the Government moved to their Plan B.

Preparations have been taking place since August due to clubs’ desperation to avoid matches being played behind closed doors or with reduced crowds. 

Premier League and EFL teams need extra stewards after the Government’s new Covid plans

They are confident they can operate the vaccine passport system but it will present big challenges, particularly the need to bring in more time-consuming checks before fans enter grounds.

Sportsmail has learned that several clubs were already struggling to hire stewards due to poor pay and working conditions.

Some top-flight clubs have introduced electronic entry systems which allow fans to attach the vaccine passport to their ticket, but these have not been implemented universally. 

The Government have given mass entertainment venues seven days’ notice to move to the new system, a deadline that coincides with a full round of Premier League fixtures next week.

Sportsmail has learned that several clubs were already struggling to hire stewards




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