FC Köln managing director Alexander Wehrle confirmed on Sunday that the cathedral city had been selected by the German state of Nordrhein-westfalen as a municipality fit for a special pilot project. Die Geißböcke have received approval to let 500 COVID-tested spectators through the turnstiles next Sunday, provided that the incident rate remains below 100.
This is by no means a forgone conclusion. According to the latest data from Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung, Köln currently averages a number of 89.8. Cases typically spike on Mondays as new data comes in from over the weekend. Wehrle revealed that the cutoff point for the decision to let the fans in will come on Thursday.