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Artell: "Hard To Police Vaccine Passports At Venues"

20 December 2021

Boss says he has heard nothing about playing behind closed doors

David Artell has told the club’s official website that he has not been involved in any dialogue concerning the possibility of playing games behind closed doors or a need for a circuit break period.

The Alex boss says that he and the players are just taking things one day a time and are always guided by the government, FA and EFL recommendations. The club have reverted back to Red Zone procedures at the training ground and stadium in order to minimise risk.

Artell told “I haven’t heard anything about a break or playing behind closed doors. All we can say and do, is treat it one day at a time and wait and see what happens. It changes all the time but there is no doubt that this variant is highly contagious and we have to be as careful as we can be.

“If that means going back to most of the Red Zone restrictions then we will. We have done that already after the directions were re-issued by the EFL last week.

“We will have to see what the authorities say. I think it is hard to police vaccine passports inside Stadiums and I don’t know how effective that can be.

“Like I’ve said, we cannot control it and it is what it is. The health of everyone is the most important thing because although the vaccination roll-out has been positive, people are still dying.”

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