It was initially suggested that there would potentially be at least 999 fans at the RedBull Arena for Bayern Munich’s April 3rd Bundesliga clash against RB Leipzig. The idea was supposed to be a “pilot program” where there would be rapid tests available to all of the spectators in attendance. This follows an initiative across Europe and the U.K to try and get portions of spectators back into venues before Europe’s top flights season’s conclude.
For this particular match, though, the idea was blocked by Leipzig mayor Burkhard Jung (Deutsche Welle). “At the moment it is completely illusory to play in front of spectators in Saxony and Leipzig. That is unthinkable in the next few weeks,” he explained. Instead, he said that the pilot project would “pick up speed in May or June.”
In Germany, the 7-day infection rates are spiking again, which is cause for concern, especially in terms of the pilot project to try and get portions of fans back to venues. In this sense, it’s better to be safe than sorry despite how big of an occasion Leipzig vs. Bayern will be this time around with all of the implications attached to it.
Jung also continued on to say that the vaccination rates also have to be taken into consideration in combination with the infection rates (Sportschau). “The incidence value alone is no longer meaningful. The vaccination rate must be factored in. The mortality rate will drop significantly as a result of the vaccination. And the stress on the intensive care unit will also change,” he said.
Hopefully it won’t be long before the vaccination rate is high enough to the point where it starts to lower infection rates across Germany and Europe and the pilot program can be resumed as early as safely possible.