MFC is issuing the following guidance regarding the government’s ‘Plan B’ protocols which will be in place for Boro's Boxing Day match against Nottingham Forest (3pm).

As of Wednesday 15 December, all events hosting more than 10,000 people require attendees over the age of 18 to provide evidence of COVID-19 certification, in the form of an NHS COVID Pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test result 

With a Season Card figure totalling comfortably in excess of 10,000, this means that Boro’s home league fixtures will be subject to these new regulations until further notice, including our home match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday 26 December (kick-off 3pm).

Please Be Prepared 

We’re urging all fans aged 18 and over who are planning to attend Sunday’s game to be best prepared to ensure a smooth process come matchday. 

Proof Of Vaccination

Supporters are required to have received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the match in order to be eligible. You do not need to have received a booster jab at this time. 

The easiest way to provide proof of vaccination is by using the NHS COVID Pass on your mobile phone, accessed via the NHS App which can be downloaded on Apple Store or Google Play.

We are strongly advising fans to save the COVID pass to your digital wallet, download a PDF copy to your phone or print a hard copy before you head to the game due to the high volume of fans that will be trying to access the NHS app on matchdays.

All supporters will also require ID to match the name on their COVID pass. This can be your Season Card or match ticket.

If you have received a vaccination in a foreign country, you can check the approval status here.

If you do not have access to a mobile device, you can also request a printed version from the NHS. The small card distributed on receiving the vaccine will not be accepted.

Lateral Flow Testing

A negative lateral flow test result will be permissible should you be unable to provide a COVID pass.

The lateral flow test must be taken within up to 48 hours of kick-off, with the ideal time 12 hours before entry.

Results must be submitted via the NHS, and the text message or email confirmation received in return must be presented on entry to the stadium as evidence of the negative lateral flow test. The physical test itself will not be accepted 

If the test returns a positive result, then you must NOT attend the fixture and follow the correct procedures as advised by the NHS.

Medical Exemption 

There are a small number of exemptions for individuals who have a medical reason which means they should not be vaccinated, and in some cases should not test either.

In this instance, you can use the NHS COVID Pass as a vaccinated person would. Your NHS COVID Pass will not show that you have a medical exemption.

There is more information here

Face Coverings

Supporters over the age of 11 are now required to wear face coverings in indoor settings at the Riverside, including the stadium concourse and hospitality areas, unless medically exempt. 

Matchday At The Riverside


Please be ready to show your COVID pass/test results and identification on arrival at the Riverside Stadium. Stewarding staff will be on hand to assist and direct supporters with entry to the stadium.


We are advising supporters to please arrive early, particularly in the first few matchdays with new regulations, in order to allow for extra time which may be required to enter the stadium. For Sunday’s match against Nottingham Forest, turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm. 

We are anticipating our largest crowd of the season on Boxing Day, so please factor this in to your plans when heading to the game. Your patience in entering the stadium is greatly appreciated.


Please do not attend the match if you or a member of your party display any COVID-19 symptoms and/or are required to self-isolate.

Thank you for your support in the implementation of the new guidelines. 

Useful links 

How to get an NHS COVID Pass

How to download a digital NHS COVID Pass

Further information about COVID-19

Book a vaccination