German soccer fans allowed into stadium for first time in 5 months

Rostock, Germany, Mar 20 (efe-epa).- Soccer fans in the northeastern German city of Rostock were allowed to watch their team in person for the first time in over five months on Saturday.

All major sporting and cultural events in Germany have been either cancelled or held behind closed doors since a second national lockdown was announced in November.

Saturday’s Third Bundesliga match between Hansa Rostock and Halleschen FC saw just 777 supporters in the Ostseestadion — which has a capacity of 29,000 — for a game Rostock mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen described as “groundbreaking” for several industries that have been severely affected by the pandemic.

The fans had to observe social distancing, wear masks and undergo a coronavirus test upon entering the ground to watch their side win 1-0.

Rostock has one of the country’s lowest infection rates. EFE-EPA


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