Up to 250 can attend Singapore Premier League matches from this weekend

FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore
FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore

SINGAPORE — From this Saturday (10 April) until 23 April, up to 250 fans can attend AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) matches for free if they show proof that they have either tested negative for COVID-19 or been vaccinated for a period of time, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said on Wednesday (7 April).

The SPL matches this weekend are Balestier Khalsa FC vs Hougang United FC and the Young Lions vs Tanjong Pagar United FC on Saturday, followed by Albirex Niigata FC (S) vs Tampines Rovers FC and Geylang International FC vs Lion City Sailors FC on Sunday.

Fans will have to produce proof of a negative test result – either of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or certification of having received the full two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the FAS said in a statement.

The PCR test is required to be taken within two weeks from the date of the match, while the ART must be taken within 24 hours prior to end of the event. Individuals who have been vaccinated can attend if the date of the match falls at least 14 days after their second dose.

Eligible fans who produce the required proof may obtain a wrist-tag for free at a booth at each match venue, which will commence operations two hours prior to kick-off.

Fans who enter will be subjected to safe-distancing protocols as well as the usual security protocols at matches. They are advised not to bring bags, as well as prohibited items, when attending the matches.

From 24 April onwards, up to 250 fans will be allowed to enter match venues without the need for any testing, as per guidelines announced by the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce on 24 March, the FAS said.

Under the guidelines, sporting events currently being piloted and approved by SportSG will be allowed to have up to 750 spectators if they implement pre-event testing, or to have up to 250 spectators without testing.

The matches this weekend will be the first time that fans can enter the SPL venues to watch teams in action since the final day of the 2020 season, which saw a pilot test to admit 200 fans at the match between Tampines Rovers and Geylang International at Our Tampines Hub in December.

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