Fans to return to LaLiga matches this season

Madrid, May 13 (EFE).- Crowds will return to LaLiga matches in Spain this season, but only in areas that have low infection rates of under 50 cases per 100,000 people.

Even in those areas with manageable infection rates, capacity will be limited to up to 30 percent or a maximum of 5,000 people.

The Ministers of Culture and Sport, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, and Health, Carolina Darias, held a press conference at the Moncloa Palace Wednesday to deliver the “good news” that fans can return to the stadiums for the first time since March 2020.

Uribes insisted that fans returning to watch games in person would be carried out according to “criteria based on prudence, good sense and health experts.”

In addition to capacity limits, social distancing of 1.5 meters will be enforced, while fans’ arrivals to and departures from the stadium will be staggered. No smoking, eating or drinking, except for water, will be allowed.

Fans will be required to wear an FFP2 mask “to ensure the maximum safety of the people attending”.

At the moment, infection rates in the Community of Valencia mean that crowds will be allowed to attend LaLiga matches between Valencia and Eibar and Villarreal and Sevilla, while Castellón versus Ponferradina and Lugo against Mirandés in the second division will also welcome supporters.

The LaLiga matches between Elche and Athletic Club de Bilbao, Levante and Cádiz and Celta versus Betis are “close” to meeting the criteria, the culture minister said, as some communities might see infection rates improve to meet the conditions on match days, so decisions will be taken “in real time”. “This is game by game,” said Uribes.

The return to the stadiums will be a “progressive” process, with the idea that in June the Spanish national team can play in La Cartuja in Seville in front of 16,000 fans, 25% of the capacity, and in August a new league can start “in the best conditions”. EFE


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