Swindon fans encouraged to do their bit to tackle COVID-19 ahead of County Ground return

Thousands of fans will return to the County Ground tomorrow (14 Aug) to welcome their new-look Swindon Town side in their first League Two home fixture following relegation last season.

Published: Friday, 13th August 2021

County Ground aerial

But with Swindon’s COVID-19 infection rates among the highest in the South West, Swindon Borough Council is urging fans to play their part in helping to show the virus the red card in the town.

Although lockdown restrictions have been lifted and there is no legal requirement to follow the Government’s COVID guidance, the Council’s public health team is encouraging all fans at tomorrow’s game with Carlisle United to continue to wear masks if they can when inside the stadium and in crowded places as well as keeping hands washed and sanitised where possible.

Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “We want fans to enjoy the occasion tomorrow and to support the team as they would normally.

“However, COVID-19 is still a threat and we mustn’t get complacent. Recent figures have shown the virus is continuing to spread within the community, hospital admissions are going up, and we need to do all we can to keep it under control.

“We would advise all fans to wear masks when indoors or in a crowded area as well as using any hand sanitisation stations where available.”

Tomorrow’s game will be the first time Swindon Town have played in front of supporters this season, with all bar two games last season taking place behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

Club officials are expecting a bumper crowd to cheer on their heroes after months of uncertainty off the pitch culminated in Clem Morfuni taking on the ownership of the club just a few weeks ago.

The club is backing COVID-19 safety guidelines and will be providing digital tickets to supporters along with a request for fans to keep their masks on when purchasing food and drink in the concourse.

Members of the Council’s Public Health team will be on hand before the game alongside Town mascot Rockin’ Robin to help promote the vaccine to fans who may be hesitant or are yet to receive it.

Rob Angus, CEO of Swindon Town FC, added: “We can’t wait to have fans back at The County Ground on Saturday, and we want everyone to enjoy themselves on what will be a memorable day for everyone at the football club. 

“However, we must be aware that COVID-19 is still a threat and we urge all fans to be cautious and to take the proper precautions when attending Saturday’s game, and we would advise all fans to wear masks when in crowded areas and indoors in order to slow the spread. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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