Football stadiums in Spain will be able to be at full capacity again starting from this weekend, the Inter-Territorial Council of the country’s National Health System has announced.
Capacity for open-air sporting events can be at 100% and at 80% for indoor events from 1 October until at least 31 October.
Spain had only been allowing 60% of seats to be filled at the start of this season for outdoor events (and 40% for indoors), but the country’s health officials on Wednesday decided that the Covid pandemic conditions have improved sufficiently in recent weeks to allow for relaxing the restriction.
Figures released on Wednesday showed the Covid incidence rate had dropped to 60, and there had been the lowest daily increase in deaths since July. By Wednesday, Spain had also administered over 70 millions jabs of the Covid vaccine, and 77.1% of the total population are now fully vaccinated. Also read: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain.
Local regions still have the final say on how many fans will be allowed in stadiums. Catalonia has already announced that it will keep the maximum capacity at 60% for now, meaning there won’t be immediate changes for matches hosted by Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Defending Spanish league champion Atlético Madrid is expected to fill the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for its match against Barcelona on Saturday.
Health authorities said they will reevaluate the health conditions in a month.