‘Keep your Sense of Covid’ warning to UK fans gathering for Euro 2020 game – including in Preston town center

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People who gather to watch the Euro 2020 quarter-final match against Ukraine are advised to take a free side flow test beforehand. the event reserved for tickets.

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Rapid result lateral flow tests can be collected from pharmacies in the county and can also be performed under supervision at specialized sites, including one at the Fishergate Mall. A full list is available by searching online for “lateral flow tests, Lancashire”.

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Supporters at the Preston Fan Zone for England vs Germany at Euro 2020

While a negative result does not guarantee that a person is Covid-free, it is hoped that the tests will help identify infections in people without symptoms that may congregate as football fever grips the nation.

Anyone with symptoms should book a PCR test and, most importantly, should only leave their home to take the test – not to watch the game with other fans.

England supporters are also urged by Lancashire public health officials to limit any close celebrations to those in their own homes.

Current Covid restrictions mean people must not meet indoors in groups of more than six people or two individual households.

Gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed outdoors, except during organized events such as the Fan Zone which are allowed to operate at 50 percent of their capacity. The event – which sold out in minutes on Wednesday – will once again be a table affair.

Lancashire County Council public health director Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said rising rates of Covid cases in many parts of Lancashire meant it was important for people not to look away of the ball ”.

“We want everyone to have fun during the Euro, especially when England win – because it gives the whole nation a boost at a time when we desperately need it.

“But please make sure to use your sense of Covid by getting tested before socializing with friends, by wearing your face mask when you move around a pub, by sanitizing your hands regularly and by keeping your distance from people outside your home.

“The last thing we want is to make the current situation worse. Throughout the pandemic we have shown what we can accomplish by working as a team – so please continue to play your part to keep Lancashire safe, ”Dr Karunanithi added.

Preston Fan Zone ticket holders will be required to produce their negative test result either as a printed document or in an email or text message to their phone. They will therefore be reminded to make sure their device is charged.

Lancashire County Health and Welfare Cabinet Member Michael Green said the country – and the county – were “still in turmoil” after Tuesday’s second round victory over Germany .

“Many of you are already making plans for Saturday and it is so important that you include testing as part of those plans and remember to keep a safe distance from people outside your household.

“That way you can go and meet friends, knowing that you have done your part to make it as safe as possible.

“If you’re unlucky enough to test positive, then do the right thing and show your support by staying home and isolating yourself. Let’s not score an own goal at this stage.

“I will be listening again on Saturday to cheer on England in their attempt to bring football home – and I hope we all enjoy the game,” County Cllr Green said.

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