Italy going back to games with no fans due to surge of virus cases

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ROME — Italy and Serie A are shutting their stadiums to fans again.

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A new government decree that went into effect on Monday, eliminating for at least a month the current rule allowing up to 1,000 spectators at stadiums for soccer games and other sports.

The move is part of a series of new measures put into place after new virus cases in the country approached 20,000 over the past two days.

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Serie A was finished without fans last season during the restart. Then the government decided last month to allow a maximum of 1,000 spectators into stadiums.

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