The Ministry of Health has denied this Wednesday to Hercules the request for an extension to 11% of the capacity of the Rico Pérez stadium, about 3,200 spectators, for the game this Sunday (12.00) against Atlético Levante.
The blue and white club based its request on the decrease in the incidence of coronavirus infections in recent weeks and in the fact that in other communities up to 5,000 people are allowed in stadiums of clubs such as Racing de Santander, Real Murcia and Badajoz, where the numbers of covid cases are equal or higher.
Hercules also argued that Health already authorized the presence of the public at Rico Pérez at the beginning of the season with incidence and cases of Covid higher than the current ones in Alicante, specifically on October 25 in the first game of the season against Atzeneta (2-1)
The negative response of the Ministry of Health to the Alicante entity refers to its resolution of last December 5, by virtue of which In non-professional state competitions, a maximum of 150 people is currently allowed, with a 30% capacity limit.
The Council has also not taken into account the request made last Monday by the Valencian Football Federation, which requested a capacity of 20% for Rico Pérez (about 6,000 people) because it considers that football does not affect infections and because of the decline of the incidence rate in recent weeks.
In this line, Hercules based his request on the fact that, On October 14, 2020, the General Sub-Directorate of Epidemiology, Health Surveillance and Environmental Sanitation considered the municipality of Alicante as medium risk for the celebration of massive events.
On that occasion -October 25 at the beginning of the season-, this subdirectorate of the Ministry of Health authorized the club to host 1000 spectators in the stands of its stadium when there was a higher incidence of the pandemic than at present.
In its recent request, the club attached official data from the Ministry of Health on percentage covid cases and cumulative incidence in October 2020 and March 2021.
Thus, if on October 15, 2020 the magnitudes were 150 and 106’74 respectively, on March 3, 2021 they were 116 and 91’35. Well, now the data is still lower. As of March 9 and according to official data from the Ministry of Health, these same data had decided the 63 percentage cases of covid and 23’62 the incidence accumulated.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.