Israeli football fans return to stadiums after one year
Football fans returned to Israeli Premier League stadiums on Saturday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began one year ago, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
Following a decision taken by the Israeli cabinet, 1,500 fans were allowed to enter stadiums with a capacity of at least 10,000 seats, and 750 fans were allowed to attend other soccer stadiums.
Additional restrictions on fan entry in Israel included ticket purchase only in advance, assigned seating obligation, keeping distance between fans, and a ban on eating and standing during the match.
The last time an Israeli Premier League match was played with the presence of fans was on March 1, 2020, three days after the first COVID-19 case was detected in the country.
The cabinet's decision also allows 1,000 fans to enter basketball games in arenas of more than 10,000 seats, and 500 fans to attend other basketball arenas.