Rio de Janeiro officers will restrict attendance at the Copa America soccer final between Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana on Saturday to 6,500 spectators, or 10% of the famed stadium’s capability, the mayor’s workplace stated on Friday.
Only these invited by South American soccer federation CONMEBOL will likely be allowed to attend, the mayor’s workplace stated in an announcement, and all attendees will likely be required to current a detrimental COVID-19 take a look at earlier than coming into the stadium.
At the start of the 12 months, CONMEBOL managed to safe invitations to the Copa Libertadores final within the Maracana. At the time, attendees have been seen visibly violating social distancing guidelines, which led to fines from the municipal authorities.
The metropolis stated attendees will likely be unfold all through your entire stadium this time, as an alternative of concentrated in a single part.
The Brazilian authorities has drawn widespread criticism amongst public well being specialists and a big proportion of the general public for internet hosting the Copa America, even because the nation has but to get the coronavirus pandemic beneath management.
Some 140 folks related to the event had examined constructive for the virus by late June.