Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal fans could be subject to Covid-19 spot-checks as full capacity football returns this weekend.
However, there are set to be slight changes to matchdays, with the Premier League announcing that Covid-19 spot-checks will be completed to determine supporters’ status over vaccination uptake or recent testing results.
It read: “Initially, in the first few matchdays of the season, supporters can expect the introduction of random spot-checks for ticket holders at some grounds as we establish the required processes so clubs and fans are prepared for all match attenders to have their Covid-19 status checked upon arrival, should it become mandatory.
“Even though the nation is reopening, the Government has made it clear that this pandemic is still far from over.
“It is possible the safety measures for matches could be subject to change at short notice. Fans should continue to follow the latest public health guidance and guidance from their club.
“However, even in these uncertain times, we are optimistic that by continuing to work together with fans, supporter groups, football stakeholders, national Government and local authorities everyone can enjoy full and vibrant stadiums while staying safe from Covid-19.
“The Premier League will continue consulting with all key stakeholders, including the Football Supporters’ Association, and will be running a series of fan-engagement campaigns to help all ticket-holders ensure they are match-ready.”
The spot-checks are not the only changes ahead of the first Premier League match of the season between Arsenal and Brentford however.
There is also set to be alterations to both VAR and the handball law.