Fernando Carro, Bayer 04 CEO, said: "Bayer 04 is a keen advocate of vaccination against Covid-19. We have provided comprehensive information on the subject to our members of staff including players, recommended vaccination and also made appropriate provision. And even though this decision has been made by each individual person: In our view, vaccination is the decisive key to overcoming this pandemic."
And sporting managing director Rudi Völler declared: "It applies to football and to our society in general that there will only be a certain form of normality if as many people as possible are convinced to have a vaccination. Anybody who is not prepared to accept this form of social solidarity must accept the possible consequences. Get vaccinated – that's the only way."
Bayer 04 has put together all significant information for the home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Access to the stadium
Season ticket holders can attend the first home game of the season providing they can demonstrate they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus or have fully recovered from the coronavirus infection. Tickets not taken up will be offered as matchday tickets as part of a "club sale" (more detailed information will follow shortly).
Exception 1 – Children and teenagers
In accordance with the current N RW coronavirus protection order, Bayer 04 may allow access of up to 1000 people as part of the whole allocation who are not vaccinated or recovered. These spectators must however provide proof of a negative coronavirus antigen test. Bayer 04 has decided to make this allocation exclusively available to children and teenagers (between 04 and 19 years of age) amongst season ticket holders.
Exception 2 – Transfer of season ticket
Season ticket holders, who have not been fully vaccinated and cannot produce proof of recovery, have the possibility of transferring their ticket to family members, friends or acquaintances. It should be noted here that the tickets can only go to the fully vaccinated or recovered. Season ticket holders who cannot or would not use their tickets can have a break in accordance with the ruling from the 2020/21 season at no extra cost.
No matchday tickets and away fans
Ticket offices will not be open on matchday. Away fans are not permitted at the first home game.
Digital tickets only
Tickets for the first matchday will only be available digitally. They will be dispatched in the week before the match.
Seats allocated according to 'chessboard' principle
The usual seat of the season ticket holder cannot be guaranteed because of the chessboard seating principle.
Season ticket holders will pay one seventeenth of their season ticket price.
… fully vaccinated persons:
… tested children and teenagers in the age of 04 to 19 as well as persons who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons (flow test or PCR test):
… recovered persons:
Visitors to the stadium will be considered as fully recovered if...
Applicable to all proof: Certificates of other persons (e.g. family members) can be stored on the coronavirus warning app as well as the Covid passport app.
There are two possibilities of producing one of the required proof:
Option 1: The day before the game
One day before the game (Friday, 20 August) between 10.00 and 18.00, ticket holders can come to the fan shop in Leverkusen-Wiesdorf or to the stadium (Service WEST, Autobahn flyover car park). On presentation of the relevant proof of vaccination or recovery, you will receive a wristband that applies on the matchday in connection with proof of the ticket that can allows access to the turnstile.
Option 2: On the matchday
On matchdays as well, proof of a full vaccination or recovery can be produced and the necessary armband collected. That can be done before 10 in the morning at Service OST (Bismarckstraße). From two hours before kick-off, additional Bayer 04 members of staff (volunteers) around the arena as well as the shuttle bus parking will undertake the necessary checks and issue wristbands. This second option also applies to children and teenagers who are able to produce proof of a negative coronavirus test (see detailed information).
If information and rules change before the home game against Mönchengladbach then Bayer 04 will communicate that as soon as possible via the club media.
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