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Sports fans to be allowed back into the stadiums in Spain this month

A view of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, prior to the pandemic.
A view of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, prior to the pandemic. / EFE
  • The maximum capacity allowed will be 40 per cent, and the Ministry of Health has produced a long list of measures that spectators must comply with

As of Friday, 13 August, when the 2021-2022 football season kicks off, the public will be allowed back into the sports stadiums in Spain to watch their teams again.

The country’s Ministry of Health has finally decided that they will allow the venues to have maximum capacity of 40 per cent and the fans should "preferably be members of the clubs, although they can also be the local public."

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced this Wednesday (4 August) that spectators must wear a mask and will not be allowed to consume food or drink, except water. It will also be forbidden to smoke and use electronic cigarettes inside the sports venues. In the ACB basketball stadiums, the maximum capacity allowed will be 30 per cent.

It will also be mandatory for fans to maintain a 1.5-metre safety distance and "in indoor (basketball) stadiums, there must be adequate and sufficient ventilation."

"People who present symptoms compatible with Covid-19, as well as those who are in isolation or in a quarantine period due to close contact with a case of covid-19, will not be able to attend the sporting event," says the Ministry of Health.

“The agreement between the Ministry of Health and the regions has been approved unanimously, except with one abstention, so it will be mandatory” said Darias.

“It is a reasonable measure, and important for the clubs and public when the pandemic is in a phase of stabilisation with a downward trend. With the measure that those who go to the stadiums are preferably members of the clubs, it is intended that it will limit mobility between regions,” she added.

The minister also stressed that "controls will be established at the entrances and exits of the stadiums and movements within the venues will be limited."

The agreed measures will be in force throughout the month of August and, depending on the evolution of the pandemic, the maximum capacity of the stadiums may be subsequently increased or reduced. "We will meet again with the regions during the last week of August", revealed Darias.