Club and Council Join Forces to Help Fight Against COVID-19

With supporters being welcomed back to the University of Bolton Stadium to watch Bolton Wanderers in league action for the first time in almost 18 months, the club has joined forces with Bolton Council in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

The well-being of supporters is of prime importance and the club is determined to make visiting the University of Bolton Stadium a safe experience for everybody.

Therefore, we are working in partnership with Bolton Council to encourage supporters to take a lateral flow test twice a week to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Bolton Arena is open for assisted testing on Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 3pm and officials from Bolton Public Health Team will at the stadium this Saturday from 12.30pm to 6.30pm to answer any questions and provide testing kits.

Testing kits can also be ordered online, picked up from a pharmacy or Community Collect site or obtain an assisted test at a test site.

Although the social restrictions have now eased, COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and it is incumbent upon us all to remain cautious and take precautions to keep safe:

o Test twice a week
o Get your vaccine when offered
o Wash hands regularly
o Wear a face covering in crowded areas
o Meet outside where possible
o Take a test if you have symptoms
o Self-isolate if you are told to by NHS Test & Trace
o Use the NHS COVID-19 app

Bolton Wanderers Chairman Sharon Brittan said: “It is important that we all remain vigilant to the threat that COVID-19 still carries. The safety of our community is our primary concern and we are encouraging all visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium to take a lateral flow test in the 24-48 hours leading up to each fixture.

“If the test is positive then you should follow the guidance issued by the Government, arrange a PCR Test and self-isolate.

“Please do not visit the University of Bolton Stadium if you display any of the published COVID-19 symptoms.

“Also, if you have been offered a vaccination please get it done as it could potentially be lifesaving.

“It is crucial that we do all that we can to protect not only ourselves, our family and friends but also those around us on a match day.”

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Baines, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with BWFC to ensure the fans are protected when supporting their team.

“We know just how important the support of the fans is and the way to make sure this continues is by regular rapid LFD testing.

“At a football match where there are large crowds the virus can spread quickly so we encourage fans to take precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Bolton Wanderers all the best for the coming season.”

Bolton Wanderers open their Sky Bet League One campaign against MK Dons this Saturday at the University of Bolton Stadium with tickets still available to purchase.

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