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Important update for Chelsea supporters attending the FA Cup Final

Chelsea Football Club are delighted that a limited number of Chelsea supporters will be in attendance at the FA Cup final against Leicester City at Wembley.

As the FA Cup Final will form part of the government’s Events Research Programme (ERP), used to provide key scientific data and research into how events could be permitted to safely reopen in line with the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown, the Club wishes to provide supporters with a reminder of the requirements of attendance.

Supporters should already have filled out and submitted an ERP consent form, and will be required to attend a test centre on Thursday afternoon 13 May or Friday 14 May and take a lateral flow test in order to gain entry to the stadium on the day.

Supporters can find a test site by clicking here and applying a filter under the heading test site for people without symptoms. Lateral Flow tests will only be valid if they are booked to be carried out after 2.15pm on Thursday 13 May.

In addition, Chelsea FC joins the government in strongly requesting that attending supporters take a home PCR test as close as possible to attending the match, and then take another home PCR test on Thursday 20 May. This is to help support the government’s research so fans can return in greater numbers at future events.

In line with government guidance, we have provided below a Q&A on the PCR tests that supporters will receive by post:

Q) Why have I been sent PCR tests?

You have been sent 2 PCR tests in order to support the Event Research Programme gathering research on COVID-19.

Q) Why have I been sent 2 PCR tests?

There are 2 tests so you can take one test before the match (as close as possible to the match) and also one after the match (5 days later).

Q) Will a positive PCR test result prevent me from being able to watch the match at Wembley?

In order to attend this event you will need to produce a negative LFD test. The PCR result is not required for event entry and will not be received before the event. 

You have been asked to take and return by post the first PCR test as close as possible to the match (on Saturday 15 May) and one five days after the match in order to assist the programme’s research. Should you receive a positive PCR test result even though you received a negative lateral flow (LFD) test result, you will be asked to adhere to national guidance following the positive PCR test. You may be asked to take further confirmatory tests as necessary.

Q) Why can I not take a PCR test at a local site, and why do I have to use the PCR tests that have been posted to me?

The PCR tests that have been posted to you are identified and will be sequenced as part of the Events Research Programme.

Q) My PCR kits did not arrive directly to my home before the event – what do I do?

Go online to the gov.uk website and order another one and take it as close as possible to the event day and 5 days after the event.

Q) I have more than one PCR kit at home, as I ordered one from the government website and then a pack of 2 PCR kits also arrived, which one should I take?

Use the pack of 2 which arrived to your home directly from Test and Trace and take one on the day of the event and one 5 days after the event. In both cases use a Royal Mail priority postbox. Your nearest priority mailbox can be found here.

Q) There is not a priority postbox near me, can I post in a normal postbox?

No. You need to use one of the 35,000 Royal Mail priority postboxes, or arrange a free home collection by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Or in Scotland call 0300 303 2713 (charged at your standard network rate). You can find your nearest priority postbox here.  

Q) Can I attend the event if I live or work in an area currently identified/undergoing Covid 19 Surge Testing?

Yes; however, you will need to complete the testing regime to enable you to attend the event and any surge testing you have been invited to participate in. Participation in surge testing does not exempt spectators from event testing. The event testing cannot replace testing as part of surge testing.

Q) Do I need to take the PCR tests to be allowed entry to the match?

No - in order to attend this event you will need to produce a negative LFD test.

You have been asked to take and return by post the first PCR test as close as possible to the match (on Saturday 15 May) and one five days after the match in order to assist the programme’s research.

Q) Who is collecting my data?

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS”, “we”, “us”) are the data controllers of certain personal data such as first name, last name, address, postcode, gender, date of birth and occupation for the purposes of the Events Research Programme (explained above). DCMS themselves do not access any of your personal data as we ask others to process your data. The data to provide you with tickets for the event is collected by the event organiser. The event organiser then shares the above data with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). They in turn share this data with test and trace, who will pass on your test results to Public Health England, who are part of DHSC and conduct research on the data, remove personal data before transferring any outcomes of their research to additional researchers.

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