Match Day Safety Measures for 2021 Autumn Internationals
For more information on the 2021 Autumn Nations Series please visit our 2021 Autumn Internationals page.
Scottish Rugby has worked with the Scottish Government throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and, with all seats at BT Murrayfield available for Scotland’s forthcoming season, we are expecting several capacity crowds over the coming months. The Scotland v South Africa match in this November’s Autumn Nations Series has just become the first game to sell out and we expect the Scotland v Australia game to reach capacity shortly.
As always, everyone who purchases tickets for the Autumn Nations Series will be sent Matchday Information emails in advance of each game, with practical information to help you plan your visit and let you know what to expect when you get to the stadium. Before then, however, we want to reassure fans that all relevant safety and security measures will be in place to ensure BT Murrayfield continues to be a safe venue to visit. Here are a few of the measures being taken which we hope will allow you to start planning your matchday.
- Digital tickets only will be used for these games. Digital tickets will be emailed to you no later than 7-10 days prior to the game. You can either add to them to your Apple or Google pay wallet (instructions on how to do this will be included in the email) or print them at home to bring with you to the game. Please ensure your email details are correct on your Scottish Rugby e-ticketing account.
- Scotland Season Pass holders will be mailed their Season Pass card(s) to be used at all home games this season (except for the Tonga game, for which a digital ticket will be emailed to those who purchase a ticket ahead of the game).
Before the game
- All adults (age 18 or over) attending the Autumn Nations Series at BT Murrayfield must be fully vaccinated and bring proof of this status with you to the match. Exemptions are made for those who are, a) unable to get the vaccine for medical reason, or b) taking part in vaccine trials.
- According to the Scottish Government guidelines, fully vaccinated means “…vaccinated with a MHRA recognised vaccine in line with the MHRA recommended number of doses for the vaccine used and two weeks has passed for the vaccine to take effect.”
- We will be in touch with further information on how to secure your Vaccine Certificate as soon as we have confirmation from the Scottish Government. Certain exemptions will apply, which will also be confirmed in due course.
- The Scottish Government offers free lateral flow test kits to anyone in Scotland, for use if you are not displaying symptoms of Covid-19. These tests are aimed at finding cases that would otherwise go undetected, so anyone testing positive can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them. Lateral flow tests are recommended twice weekly for those who are asymptomatic, and Scottish Rugby strongly encourages you to take one of these tests either the day before or on match day. Further information on ordering and taking the tests can be found HERE.
- Please do not attend if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the 10 days prior to the match.
- Please do not attend if you have been asked to self-isolate by Test & Protect or another Contact Tracing agency as a result of being a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if you feel generally unwell (with symptoms including but not limited to - fever, cough, change or loss of sense of taste / smell, sore throat, headache, runny nose, fatigue). If this happens, self-isolate and book a PCR test.
- Download the free NHS Scotland Protect Scotland app, designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
- Finally, leave your bags at home. There is a ‘No Bag’ policy at these games and no bags will be allowed in the ground unless they are required for medical and childcare reasons. There will be no bag storage facilities at the stadium, so spectators are urged to only bring such limited and necessary possessions as they can keep on their person.
Travelling to the game
- Masks must be worn on all public transport in Scotland and Scottish Rugby recommends you also wear your mask as you approach the stadium, i.e. within crowded areas when social distancing is not possible.
- Ensure all your travel plans – local, national and international – meet current Scottish Government restrictions.
At the game
- You are urged to come early – and no later than 30 minutes prior to kick off – to ease the congestion at the stadium and assist with vaccination status checks.
- Please have your tickets and vaccine certificates ready for inspection on arrival.
- Hand sanitising stations will be located throughout the stadium.
- The stadium will be cashless at these games for all retail, food and drink, match programme and Ref Link purchases. Once you have purchased your food or beverages, please return to your seat as quickly as possible, as standing in concourse areas will be discouraged.
- Wearing of face masks at all times whilst indoors is compulsory, unless you have a medical or other valid exemption (as set out in Scottish Government guidance). Scottish Rugby recommends you:
- wear a mask at alltimes - including outdoors - except when eating and drinking;
- do not remain in the indoor concourse areas for any longer than is necessary (i.e. being outdoors is better and safer);
- remain respectful to those around you, particularly in the seating area (e.g. face away from other persons as they pass).
- Please remain in your seat whenever possible. If you do need to leave your seat, wait for a time when the gangway is clear and always follow the directional signs indicating which way to go.
- If you start to feel unwell during the match, please speak to a steward as soon as possible. If you display symptoms of Covid-19, you will be taken to an isolation room and assessed by a doctor.
If Scottish Government re-introduces social-distancing measures and Scottish Rugby has to cancel any game (or play any game behind closed doors) or reduce the capacity, fans affected will be refunded the full ticket price (excluding the non-refundable booking fee). For full details please see the Scottish Rugby ticketing terms and conditions.