Lockdown! Professional competitions can continue without the participation of spectators – Other sports – Sports


Mass events in Slovakia will be banned from Thursday after the introduction of the two-week lockdown, but professional sports competitions can continue without the participation of spectators. Dáša Račková, a spokeswoman for the Public Health Office (ÚVZ) of the Slovak Republic, informed about it on Wednesday.

According to Račková, testing of players and members of the organizational team will also be mandatory. The activities of the quarantine training center for elite sports will be permitted only with the consent of the Ministries of Health and Education, the spokeswoman added.

The exception for professional competitions applies to the two highest hockey teams (Tipos Extraliga and SHL) and football leagues (Fortuna League and II. women’s extra-league.

International competitions organized by the International Sports Federation and mass events necessary for the operation of quarantine training centers for top sports, approved by the relevant ministries, are also allowed.

The participation of spectators in the mass event is prohibited according to the ÚVZ decree. Testing of players and members of the club implementation team using the RT-PCR test or the antigen test will be provided by the clubs before each round (no more than 48 hours before the match), but no more than once every seven days. Clubs must provide a sufficient number of organizers to monitor compliance with preventive measures.

The organizer must provide notification that a mass event is being organized. General measures for events include the reservation of the venue and its entry and exit. In addition, people with covered airways are allowed to enter.

Račková says that there should be respirators in the interior and a drape in the exterior. The organizer must also ensure two-meter spacing of participants during the event. This will not apply, for example, to people from the same household, partners and people performing sports activities, Račková explained.


Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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