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Everton gets tough on COVID status

Everton have announced increased matchday covid-19 spot-checks, ahead of their game against West Ham on Sunday.

The Blues have advised supporters to be ready to provide proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test result on matchday.

In a statement, Everton confirm that the Premier League has given all its teams the authority to refuse entry if an individual cannot provide the relevant proof, though this is used at the club’s own discretion.

Fans over the age of 18 have been instructed that they should only attend the match if they have either a valid NHS covid pass; alternative proof of vaccination; or have registered a negative lateral flow test, within the last 48 hours.

Supporters aged between 12 and 17 should also be able to show proof of a negative lateral flow test, if asked to do so, with a full list of accepted evidence available on the club website.

If fans are exempt from vaccination, they will be allowed entry but are advised to register for a digital NHS COVID Pass medical exemption, which may be required from December.

The club say they are working on a system to prevent supporters from having to provide evidence each matchday but this may be experienced in the meantime, while fans are also encouraged to arrive earlier due to possible delays at the turnstiles.

The increase in matchday spot-checks for the weekend’s game against the Hammers is said to be in line with the Everton’s own safety protocols and the Premier League’s commitment to making games as safe as possible for supporters.

Spot-checkers will have heightened visibility for the club’s next two home games against West Ham and Watford (October 23), with all checkers wearing blue hi-vis jackets outside the ground.

West Ham away supporters will face the same restrictions with the West Ham Help social media account saying “Adult supporters attending this Sunday’s fixture at Goodison Park are advised to be ready to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative lateral flow test with increased spot-checks taking place.”

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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter