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Let the games begin, but remember to play it safe

The Shanghai Sports Bureau issued an anti-pandemic guidance for the resumption of competitions and events yesterday as public and professional sports activities, including the national basketball league, resumed nationwide.

The number of spectators at indoor competitions is limited to 30 percent of capacity and the limit for outdoor events is 50 percent.

Spectators must keep 1 meter from each other and wear masks. Athletes and referees won’t have to wear masks on the field.

The number of reporters will be limited, and they will be required to keep a safe distance from each other and interviewees. Organizers are required to evaluate the risk of their events and take anti-pandemic measures accordingly.

Events without spectators or people from abroad or high-risk areas are rated as low risk.

Those which involve international staff and physical contact are rated high risk.

That means stricter hygeine measures will have to be taken.

It is suggested that event organizers invite medical experts to join their anti-pandemic preparation group for professional instruction, and staff should be given anti-pandemic training.

Other preparations required include suspending luggage storage, providing hand washing and disinfection products, providing temperature-taking facilities and quarantine areas near the venue.

Mask-only dustbins should also be arranged.

Organizers of international sports competitions must ask the national sports administration to decide dates for their events.

The latest international sports competition that Shanghai has confirmed is the 2020 Archery World Cup final in November.

But the actual date has yet to be announced.

Other major events pending include the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, the Rolex Shanghai Masters tennis tournament, the equestrian Global Champions Tour and the 2020 Shanghai International Marathon.


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