Bundesliga matches can only have an attendance of up to 50% and a maximum of 15,000 spectators after the German government reintroduced restrictions for sporting events on Thursday amid rising cases of infections in the COVID-19.
Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz have agreed with the leaders of Germany’s 16 states on a number of measures, including reducing the number of fans at outdoor and indoor sporting events.
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Bundesliga matches must now reduce their numbers to minimize the risk of infection and reduce capacity to at least 50%, up to a maximum attendance of 15,000 people. Most of the German stadiums were operating near full capacity this season.
Fans must also wear masks, and in states with high infection figures, sporting events must be canceled, the government said.
“A temporary limit on the number of supporters in the stadium is understandable,” said German Football League chief Christian Seifert.
“The DFL hopes that this federal and state government decision will lead to an improvement in the pandemic situation. “
German authorities fear that a fourth wave of COVID-19 could overwhelm intensive care units and resulted in more than 73,000 new infections and 388 deaths on Thursday.
Borussia Dortmund canceled ticket sales for this weekend’s flagship game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday due to the current coronavirus situation.