The Netherlands-Lithuania with public, test for the Eurocup

The Netherlands-Lithuania, qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, will have the presence of up to 5,000 spectators on March 27 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, a test to study the possibility of admitting the public in the stands during the next European Championship .

“Favorable results from this research could accelerate the process to reach full stadiums in the final stages of the 2020/21 season in professional football and at the Eurocup,” the Royal Netherlands Football Federation said in a statement today.

The Johan Cruyff Arena is one of the twelve host stadiums of the continental tournament, as it will host three games in the group stage and one in the round of 16.

The measures to be followed by fans

Attendees from the Netherlands-Latvia will need to undergo a rapid Covid-19 test before entering the stadium and registering with a smartphone app. Likewise, bubbles will be organized in the stands in groups that will not be able to mix with each other and will have different arrival times to avoid crowds.

In one of the bubbles, the dispersion of aerosols in the air, the main route of contagion of Covid-19, will be measured during the game.

Other preliminary tests

As explained by the Dutch federation, last December a test was carried out at the Johan Cruyff Arena without an audience in which the concentration of aerosols was measured with artificial generators.

The investigation is organized by Fieldlab, a joint initiative of the Government and the events sector that has already carried out similar studies in two Second Division games, in which 1,500 spectators were allowed in.

This initiative also carried out an investigation into the spread of Covid-19 during a concert held on March 6 in Amsterdam, attended by 1,300 people.