Since March 2020, no fan in Portugal could support his favourite team in the stadium: a wait of almost a year and a half, motivated by the pandemic, is now over, with great joy and relief from the sports community and society in general.
This painful absence is something that, as in all countries, affects the motivation and performance of athletes. It's detrimental to a population's spirit as it means losing one of the great sources of leisure and conviviality. As studied by sociology, the gathering around sporting goals is fundamental in the psychology of the masses, as it provides moments of healthy catharsis.
The first game: the Super Cup
Last Saturday, July 31st, the Cândido de Oliveira Supercup match between Sporting Club de Braga and Sporting Club de Portugal, at the Estádio Nacional de Aveiro, finally had supporters in the stands once again.
At 33% of its maximum capacity (about 10,000 spectators), clubs' fans were the only ones allowed in the Estádio Nacional de Aveiro. At the entrance, fans had to show their digital vaccination certificate, proving they completed their vaccination, or a negative result in a PCR test within the previous 72 hours. Furthermore, fans also had their temperature measured at the entrance, and masks and physical distance were mandatory. The Portuguese Football League also mandated that all fans stay seated with two seats in between, even if they belonged to the same household, and they had to share personal data at the entrance so that there could be monitoring in case of a positive contact.
The 2021/22 professional soccer season kicked off with the first round of the League Cup, from July 23rd to 26th, while the I Liga and II Liga championships are scheduled to start on August 8th, a week after the Super Cup.
The return and the new rules
The government has once again allowed fans in the stadiums for the season now beginning, as long as they comply with the rules set by the Portuguese General-Directorate for Health (DGS).
Sporting events will have a 33% capacity in the stands and 50% in the official boxes. Fans are to be seated with two seats in between and will be mismatched row by row. Stewards are to ensure that fans remain seated.
Fans will also need to present a digital certificate showing a complete vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months; a negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours before or a negative antigen test performed up to 48 hours before; and have a body temperature below 38 ºC.
Masking inside the stadiums will continue to be mandatory, and entry and exit will take place through separate locations. In addition, tickets sold for matches must be nominal, meaning that all spectators must be appropriately identified.
Our events and the end of restrictions
Portugal is reopening as the vaccination plan steadily moves along. With more than 50% of the population completely vaccinated, we are now in the first of three reopening phases. The second phase, expected for early September, is synonym with herd immunity or 70% of the population totally vaccinated. The third and last phase, expected for early October, will be attained when 85% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will see the end of all restrictions and health mandates, including capacity limits in stadiums.
Given this scenario, Move Sports is delighted to announce that it is keeping with the scheduled autumn events in September and October:
- Lisbon - September 25 & 26, 2021: Portugal Legends Handball Cup
- Lisbon - October 23 & 24, 2021: Portugal Rugby Youth Festival
- Lisbon - October 30 & 31, 2021: Lisbon Football Youth Cup
Talk to us and come to Portugal to discover one of the safest and most exciting destinations in Europe!