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What is the Events Research Programme (ERP)?

The government’s publication of 22 February, ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, describes plans to explore when and how events with larger crowd sizes, less social distancing, or in settings where transmission is more likely, will be able to return safely.

The government’s Events Research Programme will oversee this work, bringing findings from across different settings and different sectors to determine a consistent approach to lifting restrictions on events to inform Step 4 of the roadmap from 21 June.

The Events Research Programme will use pilot events incorporating research studies in April, May and June 2021 to build evidence on the risks associated with coronavirus transmission, the characteristics of events and surrounding activities, and the extent to which mitigation measures can effectively address these risks. The evidence from these studies will be used to inform the government’s decision around Step 4 of the roadmap and will shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events up and down England.

The pilot events will examine a range of factors, including but not limited to: indoor and outdoor settings; small and large venues; seated and standing events; different forms of audience participation; transport to and from events; duration; and ventilation.

How is this match exempt from current COVID-19 restrictions?

The Secretary of State has the power to designate an event as being permitted for research purposes and therefore not subject to the legal restrictions which would apply to other events under Step 3 of the government’s roadmap. The LV= Insurance Test Match between England and New Zealand, being held at Edgbaston Stadium, is going ahead as a Pilot Event as part of the Events Research Programme.

All attendees at Edgbaston are required to complete a Consent Form which confirms their agreement to the terms and conditions of the event and their participation in the Events Research Programme.

Will I get a refund if play ends early?

For days 1 to 4 of the Test match, if play is restricted, you will be entitled to a refund of only the match ticket value subject to there being: (a) non admittance of spectators OR zero to 15 overs played – a full refund; (b) 15.1 overs to 30 overs played – a 50% refund.

All ticket holders will be refunded automatically back to their original payment method.

Can under-16s attend this fixture?

Unfortunately, as an Events Research Programme fixture, under-16s are not allowed to attend.

We are sorry about this but it is not something we can control. If you have a booking with an under 16 ticket, you have three refund options which are available online here.

The deadline to select a refund option is 5pm on Friday 28 May. After this date, all remaining orders which include an under 16 ticket will be cancelled.

What are the testing requirements?

By attending the fixture, you consent to taking part in COVID-19 testing, as part of the ERP and this takes the form of two testing methods.

Firstly, all spectators must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test on entry (via email or SMS). Please order your home test kit via the website. The negative test must be conducted within 24 hours of the day you are attending.

Failure to provide a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test result will mean entry to the venue is refused.

Secondly, to aid the research, you are also requested to undertake a PCR at home test as close as possible to the event day and again five days after attendance at the event. Using the home address information provided in the Consent Form all for attendees, you will be sent a home testing kit directly which will contain two PCR tests.

The PCR test is not mandatory for entry, but helps support the ERP research.

Full details about the PCR test will be sent to you in the post.

If I’m feeling unwell, can I still attend this match?

No. If you are unwell, you must stay at home.

You are responsible for your own health. You should act in ways that protect your health and the health of others and avoid acting in a way that might risk the health of others at the stadium.

All spectators will be asked to agree to a Health Declaration before attending this match. This must be completed before entering the stadium and can be completed at

You should not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Temperature of 37.8 degrees or above
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms officially recognised

Click here to read our full Spectator Code of Conduct.


Will social distancing be in place for the Test Match?

You will be asked to maintain social distancing while queueing to enter Edgbaston.

Once you are inside Edgbaston’s grounds, social distancing is no longer required – except for in hospitality areas.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

Spectators will be asked to ensure that face coverings are worn at all times at Edgbaston unless when you are in your seat or consuming food and drink.

Will food and drink be available to purchase on the day?

Yes, food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, will be available from outlets located around the stadium for spectators providing a wide variety of options.

Spectators can order food and drink for Click & Collect from their seat using the Edgbaston app, available from selected bars. To order, simply download the Edgbaston app on iOS or Android and visit the Shop section.

Spectators are allowed and encouraged to bring their own Food & Drink into the stadium, but no alcohol, cans or glass vessels. Everyone in attendance is asked to stay within the stadium grounds during the breaks in play.


Can I bring food and drink into the ground?

Yes, spectators can bring in their own food and drink subject to the following restrictions

No alcohol is allowed into the ground.

Picnics are allowed in the ground, but glass bottles and cans are prohibited and will be taken on arrival. We ask that you bring with you only essential items, leaving bags at home if at all possible. This will help speed up your entry into the ground.

As you would expect, we will have a thorough safety and security operation in place when you arrive. There are some items you can’t bring into the ground;

  • No alcohol
  • No cans
  • No glass bottles
  • Spectators can bring in their own food and drink subject to the above restrictions
  • No fireworks or flares
  • Buggies are not allowed (for Major Matches)
  • No whistles or horns
  • No instruments

This policy helps to ensure the safety and comfort of spectators in attendance at Edgbaston Stadium.

If I don’t have a smartphone, how do I get access to my tickets?

If you don’t have a smartphone, the lead booker can print your tickets at home via their online account. Log-in online and click the print button on the tickets you wish to print.

You can log-in to your online account here

Please make sure all members of your booking have signed our consent form before attending this fixture.

Is fancy dress allowed?

Yes, spectators are allowed to wear fancy dress for this fixture.

Any spectators wearing fancy dress costumes that are deemed to be inappropriate or offensive by our stewards will not be allowed entry to the stadium.

We ask those who wish to wear fancy dress, and all spectators, to behave responsibly and follow all match guidelines, such as wearing a face mask while moving around the stadium.

Will spectators require any form of testing and COVID verification in order to enter the venue?

Entry to Edgbaston on each day of the LV= Insurance Test Match will be dependent on providing evidence of a negative NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test result (via email or SMS), and the test must be taken no more than 24 hours before the day you are attending.


Will spectators have to pay for testing?

No. All testing is free in relation to the Events Research Programme.

NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Tests are free to order online via the website.

How do participants prove they have had a Lateral Flow test?

Once completing a NHS Rapid Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours before the day you are attending, all spectators must log their negative result via the website.

You will then receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace which you will need to present to the stewards at Edgbaston prior to entry.

What are the requirements for PCR testing at home?

To aid the research, spectators are also requested to undertake a PCR at home test as close as possible to their attendance at the event and again five days after attendance.

Using the home address information provided when you completed your consent form, you will be sent a home testing kit directly which will contain 2 PCR tests. Entry to Edgbaston is not dependent on a PCR test being taken. The PCR test will be used for the research programme to better inform future testing regimes and is a voluntary step.

Full ‘COVID-19 Home Test Instructions’ are contained within the pack that comes with the PCR test. However, further information regarding this, including useful videos, can be found by using this link.

What do I do if my PCR kit does not arrive to my home before my attendance?

If you do not receive your PCR home test kit prior to your visit to Edgbaston, simply go online to the website and order another one and take it as close as possible to your day of attendance or 5 days after as applicable.

Do I still need to get tested if I have had one or two doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Testing is a requirement of attending this event and you should follow the protocol outlined regardless of whether you have received the vaccine or not.

What should participants do if they get a positive result from a Lateral Flow Test? 

A positive result from a Lateral Flow Device means it’s likely that a participant had coronavirus when the test was done. Participants and anyone they live with must not attend the event and self-isolate immediately.

Participants are then advised to get a home PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) to confirm their result as soon as possible.

There is not a priority postbox near me, can I post in a normal postbox?

No. You need to use one of the 35,000 Royal Mail priority postboxes, or arrange a free home collection by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Or in Scotland call 0300 303 2713 (charged at your standard network rate).

You can find your nearest priority postbox by clicking here.