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LaLiga sets guidelines for fans to return to stadia

A number of guidelines have been laid out to ensure that Spanish football fans can safely return to stadia.

LaLiga returned to action on June 11 with matches behind closed doors and it is unclear when fans will be able to attend games. LaLiga president Javier Tebas has been vocal in his ambition to return fans to stadia and has said this could be possible before the end of the 2019-20 season.

Among the protocols outlined for fans’ return is the need to wear face masks and the avoidance of hugging or high-fiving after goals. The guidelines were sent to clubs on Sunday and have been reported by the Associated Press news agency.

Attendances will be capped to ensure fans are spaced out within the stadium, with fans to be allocated specific time slots to enter the ground to avoid unnecessary crowding. Fans with a high temperature will not be permitted to enter.

The AP, citing the guidelines, added that fans will be encouraged to stay seated “most of the time”, use hand gels regularly and avoid touching doorknobs. It is expected that each stadium will be able to open at a third of its capacity.

Season ticket holders will be given priority access to tickets and will be required to pre-register with their clubs, although they may not be able to sit in their regular spots. Fans will be required to download a list of instructions before heading to the stadium, where they will be given a flier detailing the guidelines.

It is expected that elderly fans will be allowed to head to the stadium closer to the kick-off time and will be seated nearer to evacuation areas.

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