The Ministry of Sports intends to allow football fans, who have ‘immune’ status on their Tawakkalna application to enter stadiums in the new season. However, the ministry is undecided over the number of fans to be allowed to enter stadiums at a time.
Authorities in Kingdom started allowing vaccinated fans to attend sporting events at stadiums at a capacity of 40 percent effective from May 17. Vaccinated fans were allowed to attend an Asia World Cup qualifiers between Saudi Arabia and Palestinian in Riyadh in March this year.
The Ministry of Sports had issued protocols for the entry of masses to stadiums and sports facilities during the last season of the Saudi Professional League, which included a number of important precautionary measures, such as maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks, in addition to the mechanism for entering the masses, preventing gatherings inside the stands or at internal and external doors, and other instructions that must be adhered to. This is also with the condition that the concerned authorities have to follow up the implementation of this, and take the necessary measures in the event that any violations are detected.
The protocol specified the vaccinated categories that would be allowed to attend sports matches, according to what appears in the Tawakkalna application, and they include those immune by two doses or one dose of vaccine or those who recovered from infection within less than six months.