K League has announced that fans will once again be able to attend matches from Friday the 16th October with crowds of up to 25% capacity to be permitted.
K League is allowing fans to attend matches after the South Korean government loosened COVID-19 restrictions. The league said fans could return with strict social distancing and virus prevention measures in place.
Tickets are only available online while allocated seating will ensure supporters can enjoy the match whilst being separated from other fans. Fans will log their entry at the ground using a QR code system.
Masks must be worn, and fans will have their temperature checked upon entry to the ground. Alcohol and food is prohibited with water and soft drink being the only items that can be sold inside stadiums.
K League has also said that fans are not permitted to shout or chant – supporters must follow the guidelines in K League’s COVID-19 prevention manual.
Sections of the stadium usually reserved for away fans will be opened up for home supporters. Travelling supporters will not be able to attend as K League does not want the virus being spread on public transport.
The K League season stated in May behind closed doors. From August small numbers of fans were allowed to attend games, starting at 10% before increasing to 25%. A rise in COVID-19 cases then meant that the government enforced stricter restrictions, once again banning fans from attending matches.
“The K League, along with each individual club, is committed to its common goal of operating a safe league and will continue to implement thorough quarantine rules in accordance with the manual,” K League said in a statement.
The first match that fans will be able to attend is the K League 1 Round 25 fixture between Gangwon FC and Incheon United.