Serie A stadiums return to 50 per cent capacity

epa09569835 Smporia's fans during the Italian Serie A soccer match Uc Sampdoria vs Bologna Fc at Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy, 7 November 2021. EPA-EFE/SIMONE ARVEDA

It’s reported Serie A stadiums will be downgraded to 50 per cent capacity and the chequerboard seating plan returned as a reaction to growing COVID-19 cases.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and other sources this evening, the Italian Government is taking action after almost 100,000 new positive tests were posted today in the country.

That includes restrictions on attendance for football matches in open-air stadiums from the return of Serie A games on January 6.

It is due to come back down from 75 per cent to 50 per cent, with the seating in a chequerboard pattern, in other words with as much social distancing as is possible in the circumstances.

There was already a rule imposing masks at all times for supporters in the stands, while the Green Pass will no longer be enough to gain entry.

They now require the Super Green Pass, showing proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19, so a negative test within 48 hours of the event is no longer acceptable.

Unlike many other leagues, Serie A never returned to 100 per cent capacity after the first lockdown in March 2020.

Elsewhere, Spain is reducing to 75 per cent, while countries like Germany and France are playing behind closed doors.

One Comment on “Serie A stadiums return to 50 per cent capacity”

  1. Such a disappointment. Nr of cases doesn’t matter anymore, because omicron is far less severe than delta.

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