Updated:01/08/2020 14: 26h
The south korean league allowed this Saturday, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the return of fans to the stands of the stadiums.
The protocol to be followed has been strict in the stadiums that have hosted the first matches of the fourteenth round of K-League 1, the highest category football division South Korean.
This is the case of the Tancheon Sports Complex in Seongnam (southeast of the South Korean capital), which today hosted the meeting that opened the day between the host, the Seongnam FC, and Seoul FC.
Tickets were only put on sale online to avoid contacts and the venue, like the rest of the stadiums at the moment, could only accommodate one 10% of its maximum capacity of spectators.
All of them had to wear a mask and sit at a distance in designated seats, and they were prevented from consuming food and alcoholic beverages in the stands, as well as cheering for their teams, who they had to settle for applause from their followers.
Before entering the stadium, the fans had their temperature taken, were forced to disinfect their hands with hydroalcoholic gel, and access using a QR code that would facilitate your location in case a contagion of COVID-19 was notified among the attendees.
On July 24, the South Korean government authorized the return of spectators, with limited capacity, to soccer and baseball stadiums for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The beginnings of the K-League and the tournament of the South Korean baseball federation, the KBO, were delayed until May and until now all matches have been played without an audience.
South Korea is one of the countries that has best controlled the spread of the virus thanks to its comprehensive contact tracking system.
The Asian country has just over 14,000 infections, while only 301 people have died from COVID-19, which leaves a 2.1% fatality rate.