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Testing

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 take a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of attending. A negative result must then be shown on entry.

Failure to provide a negative 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.

Read full testing requirements below.

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Lateral Flow Test

All spectators MUST take a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of attending.

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Record Your Result

Record your result online to get a confirmation SMS or email to show on entry

1. Lateral Flow Test

Lateral Flow Test (LFT)

Firstly, all spectators MUST take a LFT within 24 hours of attending (from 9am the day before). If you are attending multiple days, the test must be conducted before each day you attend.

Proof of a negative result must then be shown on entry.

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

Attendees are required to order their own test kits. You can order them via the gov.uk website for free here or pick up your home test kit from your local pharmacy (England only).

Your pack will include seven tests and instructions on how to take the test and record it online.

For instructions on how to take your Lateral Flow Test, click here.

Reporting your LFT results: Once the Rapid LFT has been taken, you MUST report the test result online within 24 hours of completing the test at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

You can also report your test results by calling NHS Test & Trace (T&T) helpline: 119

Once you have reported your test online you will receive a confirmation SMS or email to show on entry.

Attendees from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow the same testing protocol and should be encouraged to take an LFD test via the home channel which can be accessed via the links below.  The PCR will be sent to their home addresses and be part of the data download we do.

2. PCR Test

Secondly, to aid the research, you are also requested to undertake a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at home: (i) on the day of the Event; and (ii) 5 days after the Event.

Using the home address information provided in the consent form, you will be sent a home testing kit and this will include instructions on how to take the test and how to record your results.

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 the following link here.

Please return using a priority Royal Mail post box.  You can find you nearest priority post box here.

Entry to the Event is not dependent on a PCR test being taken but supports the research study. 

Thank you for taking the time to do these. It will support the entire sports and hospitality sector as all venues across the country seek to return to full capacity as soon as possible.

 

FAQs

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 gov.uk 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.

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 gov.uk 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 gov.uk 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 gov.uk 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.