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Cheer for football fans as the capacity of stadiums is increased

Betis fans at Benito Villamarín.
Betis fans at Benito Villamarín. / EFE
  • Spain's Ministry of Health continues to insist on the use of face masks at all times for spectators, while the sale of food and drink remains banned

There is some good news for football fans in Spain, after a meeting between the Ministry of Health and the regions agreed an increase in the maximum capacity allowed for spectators at league stadiums.

The Interterritorial Council of the National Health system meeting, has revised the limit on the number of spectators allowed at the Liga Santander and Liga SmartBank stadiums and raised it to 60 per cent of each ground’s maximum capacity, instead of the 40 per cent that was set for the start of the league season.

Other measures that were agreed include that priority should be given to members and subscribers of the clubs, seats must be pre-allocated, access will be controlled by time slots, visiting fans are not allowed, the use of a face mask at all times is mandatory, food and drink sales are banned and a social distance of 1.5m between fans must be maintained.

The decision will allow the big stadiums, such as the Camp Nou, the Santiago Bernabéu, or the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, to host 60,000, 48,000 and 26,000 spectators, respectively, in the coming days.

The original guidelines were set just a month ago, when the Covid-19 incidence rate in Spain stood at 633 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days, a figure that this Wednesday, 1 September, had fallen to 221.

The new limits will be reviewed at the end of September and are subject to change depending on the evolution of the health situation throughout the country.