Pep Guardiola has demanded that a worm mandate be introduced for all public spaces to keep the Premier League arenas open to fans.
The Man City boss’s demand for mandatory mask wearing in arenas comes as Covid-19 cases continue to increase across the UK – reaching a peak of 121,000 on Christmas Eve.
That increase has led to several Premier League matches being postponed in recent weeks, with only four matches played last weekend and three matches postponed on the second day of Christmas, with Tottenham against Crystal Palace also threatened. As a result of the large number of cases, there have been rumors that arenas may be closed to the public again in the near future.
Football pitches across the UK and Europe were closed for most of last season, and when asked about the possibility of playing behind closed doors again, Guardiola (via The Guardian) said: “I would not love it, to be honest.
“You can not imagine how different it is to play with people. But cases are popping up all over the world, not just in the UK and in the football bubbles. These people are going to the arenas and can be contagious. [others because] in the arenas people do not wear masks.
“That’s what I’m most surprised about – you walk the streets, large malls, places to buy gifts for the family, no one wears a mask. Researchers from the beginning say that the most protection you can have is through rubbing alcohol and [face masks].
“In Spain now it will be an obligation not only in [some] places but outdoors. So on the street you have to wear it. We should start again – you know [fans at matches should be] vaccinated, have a booster if this is what is determined, but as part of the hand alcohol, social distance and masks as well.
“This is how restaurants can still be open, football can continue. We have to try to do it, otherwise, you know, another [ban] maybe coming. [And] The [may] be over and over again. “
Man City will welcome Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium on the second day of Christmas.
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