Heading into this weekend’s classic clash between Germany and England, our bloggers looked at the latent xenophobia surrounding the World Cup and explored the English inferiority complex against Die Mannschaft. Penalties anyone?
The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.
If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.
“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.
“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.
The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.
Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country.
This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.
The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.
A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories.
There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.
Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.