The organizers of the Korean baseball tournament (KBO) have issued a series of strict rules to eliminate all habits of the audience on the field to watch matches in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Stripping away the right to drink beer, enjoy fried chicken and the cheering of Korean baseball fans while watching the country’s most popular sport was unimaginable during the Covid-19 epidemic . However, KBL – Korea’s top baseball tournament, on June 30 had to impose these “unimaginable” restrictions before fans returned to the stadium.
Nearly two months ago, KBL was one of the first tournaments in the world to return to play behind closed doors thanks to South Korea controlling the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. But now a limited audience is expected to be allowed to return to the field in the coming days.
According to the local press, the safety precautions announced by KBO will transform the baseball experience of the Korean audience, who always cheer and sing while dancing regardless of the match. Thanks to the free alcohol and fried chicken.
Following the tournament’s new safety guidelines, spectators will have to sit in one place and wear a mask all the time; Eating while sitting is prohibited, while drinks are limited and non-alcoholic. “Singing, dancing and cheering involving physical contact will be banned because they can spread water droplets. Beer and chicken will still be available at the stadium, but will have to be consumed away from the audience. the radio, in a very hidden part of the yard – and everyone will have to be within 1 meter of each other, ”according to the KBO regulations. will be forced to return.
No cases of Covid-19 infection have been confirmed among athletes or training staff from 10 competing teams to date. The tournament is preparing fans to return despite what the government has warned of a second wave of infection in recent weeks, with about 30 new cases a day, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area.
Of the 43 new cases reported on June 30 – bringing the total to 12,800 cases in South Korea – 23 people were infected domestically and 20 from abroad.