Wales fans can rest certain that Covid-19 will be secure during Euro 2020, according to Azerbaijan’s football boss.
Elkhan Mammadov, the Azerbaijani football manager, is optimistic that Wales fans will have a safe Euro 2020 stay in Baku despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
2,000 Wales fans are expected to travel 3,000 miles to Baku for their European Championship games against Switzerland and Turkey.
The fans defied Welsh Government advice by traveling to Azerbaijan, which is on the ‘amber list,’ requiring people to undergo Covid-19 testing on days two and eight upon their return, as well as a 10-day quarantine.
Due to lower infection rates in Azerbaijan, restrictions have been removed, with pubs and restaurants reopening last month and the requirement to wear masks ending on June 1.
“We are not back to normal yet, but we are very close,” Mammadov, the Azerbaijan Football Association’s executive vice-president and general secretary, told the PA news agency.
“The stadium’s restaurants, bars, and sightseeing tours are now open, and the mask is not required to be worn inside.
“Considering the fact that it is growing hotter, with an average temperature slightly higher than 28, this is a significant improvement.
“A negative PCR test is sufficient to obtain a visa, and there is no quarantine on arrival.
“We’re convinced that the fans will be secure, and by not having a fans’ zone, we’ve reduced the risk.
“After the previous year, football provides further optimism for the 11 cities to return to normal.”
The Azerbaijan FA is disappointed that the country is still on the Welsh Government’s amber list, according to Mammadov.
We’re convinced that the fans will be secure, and by not having a fans’ zone, we’ve reduced the risk.
He stated, “Of course, we were disappointed at this news.”
“After 15 months of lockdowns in various regions of Europe, including Azerbaijan, it was a perfect opportunity to spread happiness.
“Let’s say after having more softer regulations, considering the lower number of infections in Azerbaijan, that for football fans there should be some flexibility.
“However, it isn’t only about Baku; it is also about Rome and. (This is a short article)