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Everton fans will require negative Covid-19 test before Goodison Park return

Mike McGrath
·2-min read
A general view of Goodison Park with Everton fans watching on from the Gwladys Stree Stand during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United  - Getty Images
A general view of Goodison Park with Everton fans watching on from the Gwladys Stree Stand during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United - Getty Images

Everton fans will be required to return a negative Covid-19 test on the eve of fixtures at Goodison Park. 

Liverpool’s city council have confirmed that supporters will return at the stadiums of the Merseyside rivals in the Premier League.   

Up to 2,000 supporters are allowed at Anfield and Goodison after the region was placed in Tier 2 of the Government’s lockdown system. Fans returning to Merseyside for the first time since March was still subject to a Safety Advisory Group certificate, which is set to be approved on Thursday. 

“Liverpool City Council's Ground SAG has recommended a limited return of fans to next home games for Liverpool and Everton,” read a statement from the Council. “Official approval of amended safety certificate due on Thursday.”

Liverpool was previously in a higher tier, which would have prevented fans from going to stadiums, but Covid-19 infection rates have reduced after a rollout of mass testing. 

It was announced earlier in the week that the Premier League champions would hold a ballot for fans to attend Saturday’s match against Wolves. 

Everton will also have a ballot for their match against Chelsea on December 12, with 91% of tickets allocated to season-ticket holders and 9% for hospitality and players’ families. 

“In support of the Liverpool City Region mass-testing programme, all fans who are successful in the ballot will need to provide confirmation of having received a negative Covid-19 test result on the day of the game - or the day prior - to gain entry to the stadium,” read a statement from Everton. 

Everton are ensuring tickets are not transferred to other supporters by asking supporters to bring photo identification with them to match the name of the ticket.