Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro brushed off criticism of his decision to allow up to 6,000 fans into the Akron Stadium on Wednesday to watch the Chivas in action against arch-rivals America (“El Clasico”) in a Liga Mx playoff game.
Alfaro said the “experiment” was a “pilot test” to “see how the protocols work,” explaining that “we are going to have to learn to live with the virus for several more months.”
However, his decision to open up the 45,000-seat stadium breached federal guidelines. Jalisco is currently in the high-risk (second tier) orange “traffic light” Covid-19 category, which prohibits attendance at sporting events.
Mexico’s coronavirus czar, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell, commented that Alfaro would have to “take responsibility for the consequences of his actions” at a future date.