Rome. Control has begun at Rome’s Olympic Stadium where the European Championship match between Ukraine and England will be played tonight. In light of the delta alarm of increased infections in Great Britain, the utmost attention is paid to compliance with anti-Covid regulations, especially mandatory quarantines.
Before the arrival of the turnstile, 5 check points built near the stadium have been activated for checking. Gates will open at 6 pm. Some English fans have been seen this morning in the center of the capital, some at Termini station, but they will be Italians. 13 thousand tickets have been sold for the match, for which around 1500 English are expected who are already from Italy or other countries and therefore do not have to comply with the quarantine.
Experts’ fears are all tied to the spread of the delta version of COVID-19, which has caused infections in the United Kingdom, in recent weeks. For this reason the police, carabinary and financial guard troops, usually engaged in ‘struggle’ in public order and between fans, are battling with various controls but equally tight outside stadiums and in nightlife areas and pubs. Yes, the match will be telecast. Eyes will also be on the ‘fan zone’ in Piazza del Popolo, where some fans are expected to visit.
In the Olympic arena – as provided by the Rome Police Headquarters – five outposts have also been organized: in Vial Antonino da San Giuliano, in Piazza Marciano Diaz; on Lungotevere Cadorna in the Ponte della Musica; at Lungotevere Thon di Revel, at the Ponte Duca d’Aosta; In Piazza Gentile da Fabriano and Piazza Cardinal Consalvi. In these strategic areas, there will be pre-filtering with large-scale control by law enforcement regarding compliance with anti-COVID legislation. For those who will be caught without a “title”, special shuttles are provided. The ban – linked to the COVID emergency and the spread of infection fueled by the Delta variant – applies to everyone who has lived in Great Britain in the past 14 days, “regardless of their nationality or residence”. Inside the stadium, which will reduce its capacity by 25%, there will be 16,000 spectators.