Spain’s football stadiums to be allowed 40 percent attendance but fans must wear masks

Spain's football stadiums to be allowed 40 percent attendance but fans must wear masks
Granada's newly signed Colombian forward Carlos Bacca poses with fans during his official presentation in July. Photo: JORGE GUERRERO / AFP
Spanish football grounds will have a 40 percent cap on attendance due to Covid-19 with all fans required to mask up, the country's health minister said on Wednesday.

“We will allow a maximum capacity of 40 percent of stadiums, outdoors while always guaranteeing social distancing of 1.5m metres” Carolina Darias told a news conference.

Access to the stadiums will be reserved preferably for season ticket holders and “local fans” in order to limit the movement of supporters throughout the country.

Furthermore, wearing a mask will be “compulsory” in all grounds while the consumption of drinks, food and tobacco will be prohibited, she added.

“Training sessions will preferably be carried out without a crowd or, if not, within limits.”

These measures come into force from August 13, when La Liga resumes, until August 29, when they can be revised.

Spain has been facing a new wave of coronavirus cases.

Several regions have reintroduced restrictions, including Catalonia where a curfew has been imposed in Barcelona.

Meetings in the area have also been limited to 10 people.


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