Belgians hope Covid Safe Ticket will return Pro League stadia to full capacity

July 21 – Belgium’s top flight league wants to welcome capacity crowds once again in August. 

On Friday, Genk and Standard kick off the new domestic season with a third of capacity allowed and away fans banned, but with the introduction of the Covid Safe Ticket in August by local authorities the Belgian Pro League is hopeful that full stadiums will become a reality again this summer.

A Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will be Belgium’s domestic alternative to the European corona certificate and will be used for events with more than 1,500 participants.A person will qualify for the CST when fully vaccinated, when he can provide a negative PCR test or has antibodies.

Organisers will then no longer be required to implement sanitary measures like social distancing. The Belgian Pro League is now in talks with the government to plan how the CST will be implemented in football.

Last month, the league had announced that stadiums would reopen to fans at 33% capacity at the start of the season, following a ministerial decree that came into force on June 27. Last season, the Pro League welcomed back a limited number of fans in late summer and early autumn with social distancing and other sanitary precautions applying, but when a second Covid-19 wave engulfed Belgium fans were banned again.

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