K League and KBO teams in Seoul and its conurbation will again play in front of empty grandstands due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in the region.
South Korea reported 166 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday August 15, the second day in a row cases exceeded the one hundred mark, and the highest daily total since March 11.
The South Korean government on the same day raised the three-tier social distancing scheme in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province from Level One to Level Two for the next two weeks.
The move places a ban on indoor gatherings of 50 or more people and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people.
SportBusiness reported last week that K-League and KBO teams had recently received government approval to increase the number of fans allowed to attend games from 10 per cent to 25 per cent of stadium capacity from August 14.
The South Korean professional football season resumed on May 8, while the KBO’s 2020 season began on May 5.
Both leagues were initially played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For teams in and around the South Korean capital, they will now have to revert to those same conditions.
In the KBO, four teams play in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, while three K League 1 clubs are based in the capital and surrounding area.