Now it is official: Bavaria’s sports arenas are allowed to start this Thursday (July 15) under certain conditions up to 20,000 spectators getting together. Depending on the size of the stadium, up to 35 percent of all seats may be occupied. The cabinet decided on Tuesday to change the Corona regulations accordingly, which also apply to major cultural events “with a transnational character” and more than 1500 visitors. The changed regulations therefore also apply to the first home game of FC Bayern in the new Bundesliga season. The German record champions will face 1. FC Köln on August 22nd for the 2nd matchday.
According to State Chancellery Chief Florian Herrmann (CSU), the prerequisite is a seven-day incidence below 35 in the corresponding region. Those who have recovered or have been vaccinated are exempt from this rule. Selling and drinking alcohol are still not allowed. In stadiums, a mask is required away from the seat and a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained between stadium guests outside the household.
Bavaria remains below the permitted audience figures of other federal states
With the change, the cabinet implemented a resolution that the federal and state governments agreed on last week. Bavaria, however, remains below the permitted audience figures in other federal states, where up to 25,000 people are allowed into the arenas. The state government had already explained this special route the previous week with the delta variant of the virus, increasing numbers of cases and the problem of returning travelers after their vacation.