Local authorities in Saint Petersburg have banned mass gatherings of football fans due to the rising number of corona infections.


No more than 3000 people are allowed to gather in one place, the board of the Russian city announced on Monday after the first weekend of the European Football Championship.

To avoid too many people close together, food may no longer be sold in the fan zones from Thursday. The sale of alcohol is still allowed.

Russia will play its second group match against Finland in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday. Belgium will play against the Finns next Monday.

Last Saturday, thousands of supporters watched Russia’s first European Championship match on a large screen at the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which lost 3-0 to the Red Devils in the local Gazprom Arena.

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