Celtic issue important Covid update for supporters
Celtic have issued a Covid protocol update for fans on match days.
Negative Lateral Flow Tests will now be accepted in lieu of Covid vaccine passports to gain access to Celtic Park.
It does require contacting the NHS to report the negative test. Text or email confirmation is provided by the National Health Service 24 hours after sending the result away.
There was some controversy when Celtic announced Covid vaccine passports would be introduced at Paradise. However, the match day experience remains largely unchanged, and supporters have, en masse, got on with it.
In theory, the use of a negative test confirmation should make it easier for supporters. Specifically those who don’t hold a Vaccine Passport.
The club announced [Celtic FC]:
“Since the beginning of October this year, supporters have be asked to show their vaccination status to gain entry to the stadium on a matchday.
“New rules which came into place on Monday, December 6 mean supporters can now show a negative Covid test result on matchday as an alternative to showing their vaccine certificate.
“An email or text confirmation of a negative Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result within 24 hours before the fixture you wish attend will now be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination.
“Celtic FC are obliged to follow Scottish Government legislation and we would like to thank our supporters in advance for their patience, co-operation and understanding.”
Covid update means Celtic supporters now have options
Unfortunately, Covid looks like it won’t be leaving us any time soon. The reality is, it’s something we’ve had to adjust to. Whether that’s by having a Vaccine Passport, social distancing or myriad other measures.
Nobody likes it. But it hasn’t hampered Celtic fans at Parkhead too much. The atmosphere is still there, the enthusiasm is still there, and we’re getting into matches. That’s the key thing. It’s so important to preserve that.
The effects of having no fans at the football was disastrous. Last season, fan interaction was largely played out on social media. To have to return to that would be unthinkable.
Few would actually embrace having to show Covid vaccine passports as an essential part of the match-day experience. But at least now there’s an alternative.
You can register a negative Covid test at nhsinform.scot/covidstatus.