COVID Information for Competitors 

The Government has strongly encouraged large venues to carry out COVID-status checks, therefore in line with other large exhibition and sporting venues, the NEC have taken the following precautions to help ensure the safety of our HOYS visitors, staff, contractors, officials and partners to reduce the risks of COVID-19 by implementing Covid Status checks at event entrances. All officials, competitors, contractors and staff will be checked prior to entering the event each time, those with a double vaccination will be given a wristlet as proof which will last the duration of the event.

Anyone with a double vaccination MUST obtain one of the following:

• NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App (NB This is different to the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app). It is advised individuals apply no later than 48 hours before attending their event to allow for the application to be processed in time.

• If visitors would prefer not to use the app or do not have a smartphone they can obtain a NHS COVID Pass letter (proving vaccination status only) by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website. EU Digital or paper COVID Certificate. International visitors can show their equivalent COVID Pass from their country of origin.

OR

• Proof of immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.

People that are not double vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative test result as detailed below:

• Lateral flow or PCR negative test results text or e-mail, received within 72 hours prior to attending the event. However, we would encourage visitors to complete their test within 48 hours. This should ideally be done via the Covid app but for these that do not have this facility the actual negative LFT in a disposable bag will be accepted.

• Those visiting for more than one day will need to re-test every 48 hours.

*Children under 18 do not have to demonstrate their COVID-19 status for entry to domestic events or venues in England. Testing of children under the age of 18 is still recommended.

We encourage everyone attending Horse of the Year Show to please carry out a lateral flow test within 48 hours of arrival even if you are double vaccinated. It is our highest priority to ensure the safety of everyone attending the show. All attendees are responsible for carrying out their own tests and recording the results. Please ensure you have sufficient lateral flow tests to cover the time you are at the event. Tests can be ordered free of charge from the NHS website – https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Everyone attending the event will be required to complete a covid status check before entering the venue.

Further information is available on the venue website – Venue Protect | Helping you plan| The NEC, Birmingham (www.thenec.co.uk/venue-protect)