Sunday, September 05, 2021

Traces of the pandemic at the Switzerland-Italy match in Basel this evening

The coronavirus pandemic was not very present at this evening's World Cup qualifying match between Switzerland and Italy at the St. Jakob stadium in Basel. To enter the stadium, spectators did have to have a coronavirus certificate certifying their vaccination, recovery, or recent negative test, and the staff checking the certificates, bags, and tickets were wearing masks, as were all the servers at the concession stands. But once I'd gotten to my seat, I only noticed one effect of the pandemic: the teams could still use the five substitutions that were introduced when matches began to be played again in late spring 2020. It's a rule that I hope becomes permanent. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 September 2021)

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