SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-FRANCE-STADES: The stadiums remain limited to 5,000 spectators, possible exceptions
PARIS (Reuters) – The limit to 5,000 of the number of spectators allowed in sports arenas in France is maintained until the end of August, but exemptions will be possible from August 15, the government announced in a statement on Tuesday.
This limit on the level of stadiums as part of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus has been in effect since the end of the state of health emergency in mainland France on July 11.
“In view of the current health context which indicates an increase in the circulation of the coronavirus on the territory, the government has taken the decision to maintain the gauge at 5,000 people maximum in a sports enclosure until August 31,” indicates the cabinet of Roxana Maracineanu, Minister Delegate in charge of Sports.
“However, the decree published today (Tuesday) provides that the department prefects will be able to grant exemptions to go beyond this limitation and thus allow more people to attend sports matches from August 15, 2020”, adds the press release.
These authorizations will depend in particular on the seating capacity, the general and local health situation and the “rigorous” implementation of health reception and public access protocols.
The final of the Coupe de France football, won last Friday by PSG against AS Saint-Etienne, took place in front of less than 5,000 spectators at the Stade de France. This maximum gauge will also apply this Friday for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue between PSG and Lyon.
The possible exemptions from August 15 could on the other hand allow for example a resumption of the French football championship with more people in the stands of certain stadiums. The first day of Ligue 1 is set for the weekend of August 21-22-23, with an OM-ASSE scheduled for Friday August 21 for the opening.
(Henri-Pierre André; Edited by Blandine Hénault)