MADRID (Reuters) – Fans will be allowed to attend sporting events in Spain in August, with a maximum occupancy rate of 40% in open-air stadiums and 30% in indoor facilities, the minister said on Wednesday Spanish Health in a relief to clubs eager to recover a vital source of income.
The cap will be in effect between August 13, when the football league season starts, and the end of August, when the central and regional governments discuss the issue again, meaning that the occupancy rate could vary. , Minister of Health Carolina Darias told reporters after holding dialogues with regions of the country.
Fans will need to keep a distance of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) between themselves and wear a face mask, they will be allowed to drink water but not eat or smoke, while entering and leaving installations will need to be gradual, Darias said, adding that indoor installations will need to be well ventilated.
Clubs will need to prioritize full season members to attend the events, which will also be open to local fans as the government wants to prevent fans of away teams from other regions from coming for the events, a- she declared.
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A maximum of 5,000 spectators were allowed last May to resume matches from the last two rounds of last football season in areas with low COVID-19 infection rates, but this only benefited one. very small number of matches.
Darias said Spain was in a “stabilization phase” regarding the spread of COVID-19 as the 14-day coronavirus incidence rate reached 633 cases per 100,000 people, 20 less than the day before and 70 less than a week ago.
The total number of recorded cases rose to 4.5 million, with the Delta variant responsible for 75% of new infections, while the total number of deaths reached 81,844, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
(Reporting by Joan Faus; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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