Premier League gamers received’t have to put on masks at stadiums

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Premier League gamers won’t have to put on face masks arriving at stadiums, in dressing rooms or on the substitutes’ bench when the competitors’s 100-day coronavirus shutdown ends subsequent week. Clubs agreed Thursday on matchday protocols that embrace splitting stadiums into crimson, amber and inexperienced zones to scale back the chance of spreading the virus. Games will probably be performed with out followers so entry to stadiums will probably be restricted to round 300 individuals who may have their temperatures checked on arrival.

The season is scheduled to renew on Wednesday with Aston Villa internet hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal taking part in at Manchester City.

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Only 110 individuals will probably be allowed within the crimson zone across the discipline of play, and will probably be required to have returned a unfavourable COVID-19 check within the earlier 5 days as a part of a medical passport that can see a bar code scanned earlier than they will enter. They embrace gamers, coaches, medical employees, match officers, pitch technicians and Hawk-eye personnel for goal-line and video replay know-how.

A well-known sight for the reason that Bundesliga resumed final month was substitutes and training employees sporting masks — however that rule has been lifted this week and the Premier League will undertake the identical relaxed method.

But gamers will probably be requested the place attainable to take care of social distancing — staying 2 meters (6 toes) aside — in dressing rooms, coming into the sector, throughout warm-ups and in aim celebrations.

Teams are being inspired to journey throughout England on the day of the sport — ideally by aircraft — relatively than staying in motels. However, motels can be utilized by squads although they continue to be closed to the broader public in England past key employees.

In some circumstances, groups will arrive at stadiums on two buses to take care of social distancing. And the 2 groups won’t emerge from the identical tunnel on the similar time to enter the sector for the match as traditional.

The gamers will probably be maintaining a distance from the media. The amber zone at stadiums will embrace media and membership executives, who received’t require virus testing, whereas the inexperienced zone is the outer concourse.


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