Spain to return to full capacity on March 4

Sports venues in Spain have been cleared to open at full capacity from March 4.

Spanish sports venues edged closer to a return to full attendance earlier this month, after the Government approved a capacity increase to 85% for outdoor venues and 75% for indoor venues.

Outdoor sports events in Spain had previously been capped at 75% due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19. Indoor events had been capped at 50%.

These tougher restrictions were brought in last month amid the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Outdoor events had previously been able to go ahead without restrictions and this will once again be the case from March 4.

The lifting of restrictions was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) by Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias. The new rules will come as a boost to LaLiga football clubs and Liga ACB basketball teams.

As was previously the case, fans will be required to wear masks at sports venues, both indoor and outdoor. A ban on smoking, eating and drinking will also remain in place.

Earlier this week, Dutch football bodies welcomed the Government’s announcement that stadia in the Netherlands would be able to open at full capacity from tomorrow.

The Dutch Government outlined a three-step plan to reopen the Netherlands from what has been some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in Europe. Fortuna Sittard’s clash with Sparta Rotterdam tomorrow is now set to be the first Eredivisie game at full capacity since mid-November.

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