Conmebol won the much-desired release to have an audience in the final of Copa América this Saturday. The decision was communicated by the city of Rio de Janeiro on an exceptional basis. According to the authorities, the presence of 10% of the capacity of the Maracanã stadium will be released. In other words, 7.8 thousand people should be present to accompany Brazil x Argentina.
The public must remain seated and respecting the distance determined by two meters between people or families. The city of Rio reaffirmed that it will be up to Conmebol to carry out the Covid-19 tests on all those present at the stadium. Thus, people who test positive will not be able to access Maracanã’s facilities. “To be honest, I didn’t get any pressure. I don’t know anyone from Conmebol or CBF. Hearing the request from the press, the health department took the decision with complete freedom. There was no pressure whatsoever. The rules are quite acceptable. We don’t see a problem”, said the mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, denying that he was pressured to accept the request of the South American entity.
According to the city hall, Conmebol’s request was vetoed at first. This is due to the fact that the Copa América organizer first requested the release of half of the stadium. The requisition was negotiated and the 10% rate was agreed in a meeting. “The initial request for the Copa America to the City Hall was to hold 50% of the public, and we don’t think it’s adequate. We release 10% of each sector of the stadium to avoid crowding. All people will have the environment controlled by testing and separated by two meters to avoid crowding”, revealed the municipal health secretary, Daniel Soranz.
Negative repercussion for the final
Despite the authorities guaranteeing the safety of the event, the public announcement in the Copa America final had repercussions. On social networks, there were many negative manifestations around the decision. The main argument is based on the fact that the city of Rio recently alerted the population to the growth of Covid-19 cases in the city.