Italy steps up COVID-19 checks ahead of UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final

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A decree containing specific safety rules adapted to Saturday’s UEFA match in Rome was adopted on Friday evening. He said only people holding “an Italian language certification showing … a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 48 hours of the event (match)” would be allowed to enter the Olimpico. The only alternative would be to have a European green pass proving that the person is fully immune after two doses of a vaccine.

ROME, July 3 (Xinhua) – Italy has tightened COVID-19 checks on football fans from Great Britain ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final which will see England play against Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian capital on Saturday evening.

Stepped-up checks were ordered at the city’s two airports, train stations and highways from July 1 and at five checkpoints set up around the stadium as soon as its doors opened at 6:00 p.m. local time to welcome the public.

The England-Ukraine match will take place in a stadium filled to 25% of its capacity, or around 16,000 spectators, in accordance with the anti-pandemic rules in force.

However, further restrictive measures for this specific match are deemed necessary by the Italian authorities due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases recorded in the United Kingdom, and linked to the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

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A decree containing specific safety rules adapted to Saturday’s UEFA match in Rome was adopted on Friday evening. He said only people holding “an Italian language certification showing … a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 48 hours of the event (match)” would be allowed to enter the Olimpico.

The only alternative would be to have a European green pass proving that the person is fully immune after two doses of a vaccine.

After a safety meeting on Saturday at noon, the police in Rome also decided to ban all sales of alcohol and take-out services in the neighborhoods around the stadium from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday to discourage the big boys. gatherings of people.

Since the start of this week, Italian health authorities have warned people in the UK to stay away from Rome unless they can prove they have undergone a mandatory 5-day quarantine since arriving. from Great Britain.

This came on top of the blockade on the sale and transfer of tickets imposed by the country’s police since July 1.

On Friday, in an interview with the radio news channel Radio 24, Italian Health Under-Secretary Andrea Costa admitted that the authorities were “a little worried”.

“We have confidence in the sense of responsibility (of the people); appealing to the English fans to stay in their country and not to go to Italy,” he noted. “In addition, our country has introduced a very clear rule, which is mandatory quarantine, and we hope that this will be respected.”

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