Plan B: Important information for supporters

Following the Government’s announcement that its ‘COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan B’ will now be implemented, the EFL has introduced new protocols for all supporters attending matches.

This means that entry requirements for fixtures played at the Stadium of Light have now changed and supporters over the age of 18 cannot attend a match without providing one of the following:

If you are unable to present a valid NHS COVID Pass or proof of a negative COVID-19 test when asked to do so, entry to the stadium will be declined in line with legal requirements, unless you are exempt.

Ahead of travelling to the Stadium of Light, supporters should follow the steps below:

  • Refer to for the latest COVID-19 guidance in advance of matchday and read SAFC’s Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure you have a valid form of COVID certification in your possession before you travel to the stadium.

Covid-19 Pass

The best form of certification is the COVID pass.

You can download the COVID digital pass by using the NHS App, or adding it to your smartphone wallet or camera roll in case there is no signal.

Fans can also bring their original printed NHS COVID Pass on the day of the fixture if they are unable to use the digital version.

Please ensure your passes are easily accessible to ensure efficiency and speed of access when approaching the turnstiles.

Negative Lateral Flow/PRC Test

A negative Lateral Flow test result will be permissible should you be unable to provide a COVID pass.

Supporters who are not yet double vaccinated will need to take a lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending the match.

If the test returns a positive result, then you must NOT attend the fixture and follow the correct procedures as advised by the NHS.

Lateral flow sticks will not be accepted, and results must be recorded via the NHS.

Other information

Even if double-vaccinated, you must not attend if you, or anybody attending with you, is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, feels unwell, or is required to self-isolate.

All supporters aged 11 and over will be required to wear a face covering when located in indoor areas, other than when eating or drinking, or where exempt.

Face coverings are advised though not required to be worn by supporters when they are in their allocated seats in the stadium bowl. 

SAFC would like to thank supporters for their patience and understanding as the club navigates its way through the new policy changes.


SAFC Code of Conduct (Certification)

Stadium of Light COVID-19 Q&A

How to obtain an NHS COVID Pass

How to download a digital NHS COVID Pass

Further information about COVID 19

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