SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s skilled baseball league says it is going to require followers to put on masks and to sit down not less than a seat aside because it prepares to carry again spectators within the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Korea Baseball Group on Tuesday stated followers may also not be allowed to eat meals within the stands. Groups may also be initially allowed to promote solely 30% of the seats for every recreation, a determine that may very well be expanded to as a lot as 50% relying on the progress within the nation’s anti-virus efforts.
Followers may also be screened for fevers and discouraged from shouting, singing and cheering in the course of the recreation. And maybe as a method of discouraging any boisterous habits, beer may also be banned and followers will solely be allowed to drink water or non-alcoholic drinks.
They may have the ability to purchase tickets solely with bank cards in order that well being authorities might simply find them when wanted. South Korea has been actively tracing the contacts of virus carriers utilizing credit-card data, cellphone location knowledge and surveillance digicam footage.
The KBO turned one of many world’s first main sports activities competitions to return to motion in May, however with out followers within the stands. Seats have been lined with cheering banners, dolls or photos of followers as groups tried to imitate a festive ambiance.
Well being authorities and sports activities ministry officers have been discussing preventative measures as they attempt to schedule a return of followers in baseball, soccer, golf and different sports activities. The plans may very well be introduced as early as this week.
South Korea’s strikes to re-admit followers in sporting occasions come regardless of a resurgence of the coronavirus within the Seoul metropolitan space, which is house to about half of the nation’s 51 million inhabitants. Regardless of the regular rise in infections, authorities officers have been reluctant to implement stronger social distancing pointers out of considerations of additional hurting a fragile financial system.
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