Swedish Health Agency approves limited soccer crowds

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden speaks during a news conference updating on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, in Stockholm, Sweden August 27, 2020. TT News Agency/Janerik Henriksson via REUTERS

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish concert goers and soccer fans can be allowed back in venues from October after the country’s Health Agency accepted a government proposal to raise the limit for some events to 500 from the current 50.

With the number of new infections and COVID-19 deaths falling in Sweden, the government said last week it planned to introduce exceptions to the 50-person maximum for events from Oct. 1.

In March, Sweden limited public gatherings to 50 people to halt the spread of the virus, effectively preventing theatres, soccer clubs and concerts from being able to bring in revenues from the public.

“The proposal relates to events where there are numbered seats,” the Agency’s

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