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‘Covid Pass’ to open up summer of sport

A new ‘NHS Covid Pass’ will be made available on mobile phones from today to help unlock capacity crowds at Wimbledon and Euro 2020 matches.

Fans will be able to show that they have had both doses of the jab, a recent negative test or have had the virus in the last six months. 

The existing NHS App, which already provides details of a person’s vaccinations, has been modified so that there is an option to enter Covid test results.

Those who have not been double-jabbed will be able to do a lateral flow test at home and then log it on the app. Spot checks will be performed on a small number of spectators arriving at grounds to show they are being truthful about their negative result.

A Whitehall source said: ‘The fans make some of our greatest sporting moments truly special. Using the NHS Covid Pass will help us to safely unlock capacity crowds at the Euros and Wimbledon and hopefully deliver a fantastic summer of sporting success.’

A new ‘NHS Covid Pass’ will be made available on mobile phones from today to help unlock capacity crowds at Wimbledon and Euro 2020 matches. Pictured: England fans arriving at Wembley last week for the match against Croatia

People with tickets for the events will be given a code so they can access the new NHS Covid Pass section of the app.

Wimbledon and Euro 2020 matches will be used as pilot events as ministers consider whether the NHS Covid Pass should be used more widely.

The Government has ruled out making it compulsory for venues to make people share their coronavirus status. Instead, they are concentrating on giving organisers the option of asking fans to use the NHS Covid Pass so big sporting events can go ahead safely.

All courts at Wimbledon will operate at 50 per cent capacity for most of the tournament, which kicks off in less than two weeks.

Both the women’s singles final on July 10 and the men’s singles final on July 11 are set to be played in front of full capacity crowds.

All courts at Wimbledon will operate at 50 per cent capacity for most of the tournament, which kicks off in less than two weeks (2019 tournament pictured)

This means around 15,000 spectators will be allowed on Centre Court for each day of the finals weekend.

The NHS App where people will be able to access the NHS Covid Pass is different to the NHS Covid-19 one used for contact tracing. To set it up patients must provide their NHS number, email address, phone number and then upload either an image of their passport or driving licence.

The smartphone then takes a scan of a person’s face to check it matches the one on their identification.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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