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What if supporters returned to the stadiums faster than expected? It had been a long time since they had been seen glued together and without a mask. As part of the initiative Back to Live Supported by the government, 5,000 Dutch fans, or one tenth of the Johan Cruyff Arena’s capacity, have been allowed to watch the Netherlands-Latvia World Cup qualifying match on Saturday 27 March. A first step towards the gradual return of fans to the stadiums, in complete safety.

For this, several conditions had to be met. The lucky ones were tested the same morning on several sites chosen by the government. Once at the entrance to the stadium, each of them had to present the result of their test via a QR Code.

They then divided into nine groups, with different recommendations: some were to keep their masks on when others were allowed to do without them in order to sing, shout and clap in support of their team. During the match, the behavior of the supporters, the number of contacts between them, as well as the evolution of the air quality in the stadium were monitored.

We don’t want to play in empty stands, but to play for the fans. Hopefully this is the first step and that we can welcome even more people during the European Championship“, welcomed the Dutch coach Frank de Boer before the meeting. The Johan Cruyff Arena will also host four meetings this summer, on the occasion of Euro 2021.

“Interesting experiments”

At the same time, in Barcelona, ​​a rock concert brought together 5,000 people, also as an experiment. While gatherings are limited to four people in the country, onlookers, tested beforehand, were able to dance, sing and party without a safe distance.

In an interview with BFM TV March 19, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, had mentioned the case of the Dutch experiment. “These are interesting experiments. We are watching this closely with Roxana Maracineanu (Minister Delegate in charge of Sports). We obviously have a great desire to return to the stadium but it has to happen in good conditions, why not with this kind of formula.

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On February 26, Roxana Maracineanu was already discussing the possibility of leading “in three or four weeks“experiments leading to a return of spectators to sports arenas. Noël le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, also hoped to welcome supporters on the occasion of the France-Ukraine match, on March 24 at the Stade France But to date, no such initiative has yet been carried out in France in sports arenas, and the same goes for theaters and concerts.

“In France, it wouldn’t work”

For Jean-Paul Stahl, professor of infectious and tropical diseases at Grenoble University Hospital, “there is no problem letting 5,000 people enter a stadium with a capacity of 55,000, provided that they are dispersed so that they do not become contaminated. We must also ensure to regulate the flow of entries and exits from the stadium. “

On the other hand, according to this specialist, setting up this type of experiment in France would pose an image problem: “If we were both reasonable, it would be quite conceivable to reproduce these tests at home. But given the current health situation and the irresponsible behavior of some, it would not work. Just look at the number of people who do not wear the mask in the streets of Marseille, or the crowd on the banks of the Seine. Go tell these people that we can go to the stadium, but not act like they do … They wouldn’t understand, even if the risks are totally different. “

Could the progress of the vaccination campaign be a game-changer? For the infectious disease specialist, it could reduce the circulation of the epidemic, and with the possible establishment of a vaccination passport, promote the return of the public to the stadiums. As in the Netherlands, the QR Code could also be useful to present the result of a negative test, according to Jean-Paul Stahl.

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“CSome people protest because they do not understand why they should be denied access to this type of place if they are not vaccinated. But we can take the problem backwards too : pWhy would immunized people be prohibited from going to a soccer match or a performance? ?, he wonders. To go to Guyana, it is compulsory to be vaccinated against yellow fever. There is no reason that the Covid-19 should have a special status. “





Source site sport.francetvinfo.fr

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