After Germany restored Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday, Bundesliga matches can only have a 50% attendance and a maximum of 15,000 spectators.
Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor, and her successor, Olaf Scholz, reached an agreement with the leaders of Germany’s 16 states on a number of measures to be implemented.
They include fewer spectators at outdoor and indoor sporting events, as well as an increase in Covid infections.
This season, the majority of German stadiums were near-capacity. Fans must also wear masks, and sporting events must be canceled in states with high infection rates, according to the authorities.
German authorities fear a fourth wave of Covid risks overwhelming intensive care units. On Thursday, more than 73,000 new illnesses and 388 deaths were recorded as daily numbers.
Earlier, the premier of Bavaria’s southern state had called for matches to be played without spectators. He also stated that, if required, Bavaria, which is home to the defending champions Bayern Munich, will go it alone and enact the change.
Source: BBC Sport