France To Allow Up To 5,000 Spectators In Sports Stadiums

France allows up to 5,000 fans for sports events

The French Government announced on Saturday that up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums in France when they reopen on July 11.

The limit applies to “big events, stadiums and concert halls”, the government said, but it may be raised later in the summer.

“A review of the national epidemiological situation will be carried out in mid-July to decide if it is possible to relax (the rules) in the second half of August,” it added in a statement.

Although Ligue 1 and 2 football and Top 14 rugby league decided to end their seasons in April after being halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s decision means a crowd should be able to attend the French Cup and League Cup finals in football. A date has not been set for either match but they are expected to be played at the end of July.

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Over 29,600 people have died from virus-related conditions in France, but hospital admissions are constantly falling and the national lockdown was lifted in May.


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