Carlisle reduce capacity by nearly half to 9,999 so fans don't need to provide Covid vaccine passports

LEAGUE TWO side Carlisle have declared fans don't need to carry Covid certification after reducing their ground capacity by almost half to 9,999.

In line with the Government's Plan B rules, any venue that holds more than 10,000 people will require fans to show Covid vaccine passports to attend matches.

Supporters can also choose to provide proof they have tested negative for coronavirus within the last 48 hours to gain access to stadiums.

But struggling Carlisle, who sit 21st in England's fourth division, have made the decision to reduce their capacity at Brunton Park from 17,949-9,999.

Carlisle are yet to host a game this season where more than 8,000 fans have attended.

The Cumbrians have announced that their ground will now allow for 6,000 supporters to be seated, with 3,999 to watch on from terraced stands.

Though the club have insisted that fans will have to wear face masks when located in indoor areas of the stadium.

Releasing a statement on their website, they said: "The club can confirm there will be no mandatory Covid certification at Brunton Park at this time.

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"At this point, all areas (except Waterworks North End) are planned to remain open. 

"At these levels of expected attendance there will be no mandatory Covid certification required at Brunton Park under ‘Plan-B’. 

"There will be no requirement to show vaccination status or a recent negative test to enter the stadium and come to games.

"Fans should be aware, the limit on terrace places at 3,999 means tickets demand could outstrip supply.  Fans wishing to stand are advised to buy in advance.

"Supporters will not be required to wear a face covering when located in their seat, or on the terrace, in the stadium bowl.

"All supporters aged 11 and over will be legally required to wear a face covering when located in all indoor areas of the stadium, other than when eating or drinking, or where exempt. 

"Mandatory face-coverings for indoor settings do not extend to hospitality and bar settings in the club.

"Hence face coverings in Foxy’s, the hospitality boxes, lounges, and the west stand bars are not mandatory."

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