West Ham trial sanitiser tunnel at Chadwell Heath as part of potential fan return



West Ham are attempting to lead the way in returning fans to football stadiums safely in a Covid-19 world with the potential installation of a sanitiser tunnel at London Stadium if a trail is successful, according to reports.

It has been reported that the tunnel that could be installed in E20 will consist of three separate sections.

One provides facial recognition of people passing through that will then take their temperature. Another part of the tunnel then sprays the person with a non-alcoholic based solution that kills bacteria and viruses before emerging out the other end.

London Stadium, like all elite level stadiums in the country, is currently closed to fans with only around 300 members of staff, players and media representatives allowed inside the arenas for matchdays with very strict time constraints on entry and exit.

Those rules will be remaining in place for the start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, which gets underway this weekend.

Football.London understands that Hammers have been using the technology at their Chadwell Heath training ground which is used by the under-23s, under-18s and West Ham Women’s teams while the first team remain at the Rush Green site.

However, any plans for it to be introduced at London Stadium are still some way off as it is still in a trial period at Chadwell Heath where it will continue to be tested and monitored before any further decision is made.

The Government has previously said it will aim to begin to bring fans back to stadiums across the country in early October, having been unable to attend matches since the resumption of football in late July after the 2019/20 season was called to a halt in March following the coronavirus outbreak.

There were 2,500 supporters in attendance for Brighton & Hove Albion’s pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea last month as tentative steps were taken to get supporters back inside stadiums.

On Monday, the Premier League announced the Covid-19 tests that were conducted between August 31 and September 6 on 1,605 players and club personnel produced three more positive cases,





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