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The Covid-19 rules for the 149th Open Golf Championship

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Original article from Kent Live

With crowds of up to 32,000 expected on some of the 149th Open Golf Championship days, it is important fans stay safe amid the pandemic.

The Open, which will see players from all over the world compete for the Claret Jug.

It started at the Royal St George’s Golf Course in Sandwich on Sunday (July 11) and will run until Sunday (July 18).

Read more: Can I still buy tickets to the 149th Open Golf Championship?

Crowds of up to 32,000 are expected on each of the Championship days from July 15 to 18, with less expected on the practice days from July 11 to 14.

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Here at KentLive, we've done some digging to find out what coronavirus rules are in place during The Open.

This is what golf fans need to know before and when they go to The Open, according to its website.

What must I do before The Open?

Before arriving at The Open for the first time, spectators must read and agree to the event's Covid-19 code of conduct via The Open Tickets App.

"You are responsible for your own health risk assessments and whether attending is right for you," a video explaining the rules states.

What must I do on the day?

A man wearing a face mask walks past a coronavirus advice sign

On the morning of the event, you will be asked to complete an online Covid-19 symptoms declaration via The Open Tickets App.

Organisers have stressed customers need to answer this honestly, and if your answers indicate a possible medical issue you should not travel to the event.

Fans should plan their journey to Sandwich and remind themselves of the government's safer travel guidance.

This should include taking all necessary precautions, including following guidance on social distancing and face coverings whenever on public transport.

Is The Open part of the government's research programme?

A Lateral Flow Test kit for Covid

Yes, as part of this all attendees must provide proof of their Covid status when arriving at the venue.

You must give proof of full vaccination (second dose administered at least 14 days before), or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) taken within the previous 48 hours.

Both of these options are available via the NHS app and the NHS.uk websites.

Vaccination letters can also be ordered by calling 119 for people who don't have a smartphone.

"Ticket holders from Northern Ireland or from outside of the UK will not be able to provide proof of vaccination and must show a negative LFT result instead," the website stresses.

Anyone who can't prove their coronavirus status will not be allowed into the event.

What happens when I'm at the golf course?

A view of the golf course at Royal St George's, in Sandwich, Kent

Spectators must wear face coverings in all indoor areas and its recommended they are worn in all other places as well.

Fans are advised to regularly wash their hands with hot water and soap and use the sanitiser stations across the venue.

Anyone who isn't following the rules could be asked to leave the golf course.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

They are a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your taste or smell, or a high temperature.

If you feel you have any of these symptoms, feel unwell before the event or at the Championship, don't travel to the event or report to the nearest first-aid post.

For more information, visit TheOpen.com/covid-19

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