Stadiums open doors for football fans
For the first time in almost ten months, local football fans will be allowed to watch matches inside a stadium.
The Hong Kong Football Association says this weekend’s Sapling Cup matches will be opened to spectators, as long as they follow government instructions on Covid-19 health guidelines.
The group stage of the Sapling Cup resumes Saturday with an afternoon fixture between Resources Capital and Southern District at Yuen Long Stadium. The evening game has Eastern against Happy Valley in Mong Kok.
Each venue is limited to 75 per cent of its capacity, with no more than four people sitting together in the same row to ensure proper social distancing.
While entering the stadiums, fans need to do temperature checks and submit health declaration forms and wear masks properly inside the stadium. Eating will be prohibited but drinking from cups and paper containers will be allowed.
In order to maintain personal hygiene, disposable cups will not be provided in the stadiums.
Tickets for Saturday’s games will be available for purchase on match day at the ticket office of the stadium starting from 90 minutes before kick-off.
The news is a major boost to football in the SAR after clubs faced heavy financial stress amid the pandemic. One of the best-funded teams in the league, the mainland-based R&F, decided to pull out.