Italy’s Serie A top tier football league will go behind closed doors once again from today (Monday) for at least a month following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Italian government passed a decree that will see sports events going ahead without fan entry, eliminating the current rule allowing up to 1,000 spectators at stadiums for football games and other sports.

Serie A was finished without fans last season during the restart, though fans returned for the 2020-21 season in late September.

The new decree clarifies that professional games are allowed in outdoor venues “without fans in attendance.”

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the move as part of a series of new measures as Italy reached 20,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

As Italy tightens rules on sporting events, organisers of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola circuit have asked for clarification on whether spectators will be permitted to attend the event.

Organisers were expecting to host more than 13,000 people for each race day

Imola is set to return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2006 when it stages its race on October 31 to November 1. It is the third Italian grand prix on F1’s COVID-19 amended calendar for the 2020 season.

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