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Football: Up to 500 fans allowed at SPL matches from Aug 13; limit to be raised to 1,000 next week

Football: Up to 500 fans allowed at SPL matches from Aug 13; limit to be raised to 1,000 next week

Fans are seen during the Singapore Premier League (SPL) match between Albirex Niigata and Tanjong Pagar United at the Jurong East Stadium on Aug 6, 2021. (File photo: Facebook/AIA Singapore Premier League)

SINGAPORE: A maximum of 500 spectators will be allowed to attend Singapore Premier League (SPL) matches from Friday (Aug 13), up from the current limit of 100.

This will be further increased to 1,000 from Aug 19, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said in a media release on Thursday.

“The increase in number from 100 to 500 is in accordance with guidelines announced by Sport Singapore on Aug 7 in line with the government directive of calibrated easing of safe management measures,” FAS said.

Proof of having been fully vaccinated or a negative antigen rapid test (ART) will be required for fans to gain entry to match venues. 

Vaccines currently recognised in Singapore are the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Moderna vaccines under the national immunisation programme, as well as those under the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listing. These include Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca.

Vaccinated fans will only be able to enter match venues if the fixture takes place at least 14 days after they received their second dose.

Fans who wish to enter using a negative ART result must take the test at a practitioner certified by the Ministry of Health, and the result must be valid until the end of the match.

COVID-19 self-test kit results will not be accepted for entry, FAS said.

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 will be exempted from having to produce a negative ART result if their first positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result was less than 270 days before a match. They will, however, need to present a pre-event test exemption notice issued by a clinic offering ART or PCR testing services.

Eligible fans can purchase physical tickets at a dedicated booth at each venue which opens two hours before kick-off.

Tickets for adults will cost S$8, while concession tickets will be available for S$5. These are “baseline” prices, and clubs can amend pricing up to a maximum of S$15 per ticket, FAS said. The clubs will manage all ticketing operations.

“Fans who enter will be subjected to safe-distancing protocols as well as the usual security protocols at matches, which include bag checks. As such, fans are advised not to bring bags, as well as prohibited items, when attending the matches,” FAS said, adding that fans should arrive early to avoid crowding.

“Social distancing shall be enforced in seating plans and allocation, all individuals are required to always wear their masks, and food and beverages will not be allowed into the stadiums.”

Musical instruments will also barred from stadiums, although flags and banners can be brought in as long as they “do not contravene the security measures”, FAS said.

The first match to take place under the new 500-person limit will be the clash between SPL leaders Albirex Niigata and third-placed Hougang United at the Jurong East Stadium at 7.45pm on Friday.

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Source: CNA/kg(gs)

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