Players will again wear the No Room for Racism badge that replaced the Black Lives Matter emblem that was worn last summer.
Spot checks will also take place once fans return to grounds, starting with Friday’s match between Brentford and Arsenal, with Premier League clubs ready to request ‘Covid Certification’ for supporters to show either that they have been fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours.
It is not currently mandatory, however, and it will up to individual clubs to decide whether to make this a condition of entry.
Fans must also agree to a ‘code of conduct’ which will stress the importance of face masks in indoor areas, as well as avoiding close contact such as celebratory hugs and high fives with strangers. There remains uncertainty over whether ‘Covid Certification’ might become mandatory. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi had previously suggested a vaccination would be necessary and Manchester United have issued a statement in which they said that Covid Certification was “likely to be mandatory” from October 1. The message to fans is that they should be ‘match ready’.
Players are encouraged rather than required to be double vaccinated and have been told that they can celebrate goals this season as normal with hugs and high fives. Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock claimed last week that the majority of football players had not received a Covid-19 vaccine.
Players will take bi-weekly lateral flow tests and have been told to maintain social distancing in indoor areas, as well as minimise close contact with match officials and with team-mates during warm-ups.