Spain to allow sports fans back into stadiums
Aug 05, 2021
Madrid (Spain), August 5: Fans will be allowed back into football grounds when the new LaLiga season kicks off on the weekend of Aug. 14, Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Wednesday.
Football grounds would be able to operate at 40 percent capacity if they were not roofed, while closed stadiums would have a maximum capacity of 30 percent, Darias told a press conference.
Supporters attending matches will have to wear facemasks at all times and will not be allowed to smoke, eat or drink anything other than water, and maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, said the minister.
These limits will be maintained till Aug. 29, when they will be reviewed and possibly changed depending on the progress of the pandemic.
The number of COVID-19 cases across the country is "stabilizing", but the Delta variant has accounted for around 75 percent of new cases, said the minister.
"In very few days, 70 percent of the population will have received at least one dose (of COVID-19 vaccine)," said Darias, noting the pace of vaccination was "tremendously high" and "needs to be maintained."