The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) published this Sunday its “Protocol of Recommendations for the Public Return to the Stadiums” for the matches of the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores from the second round, which should be discussed with the Ministries of Health of each country.
The “gradual return of the public” to the stadiums is “essential for the development of South American football” and the economic reactivation of its environment, according to Conmebol.
The 13-page protocol provides examples of two scientific studies that analyzed a concert in a closed-door hall in Leipzig (Germany), with the use of masks, and another similar event in Barcelona (Spain), in which tests were required PCR, masks and ventilation of the space, without contagions being registered later.
“These studies reveal that the risk of contagion in massive events was overestimated,” added the Conmebol protocol, which also recalled that the games are played “outdoors, with physical distancing, orderly entry and exit processes and health protocols comprehensive “.
For this reason, the South American soccer regulatory body believes that “the risk associated with these events will not have any impact on the epidemiological situation at the country level.”
Conmebol also alluded to the advancement of vaccination in the region and the usefulness of soccer to “get the message across to all South American fans of the importance of getting vaccinated.”
Immunization will also be taken into account at the time of ticket sales, which will be divided between those who have received the complete vaccine schedule and those who have a negative PCR test.
However, Conmebol advises against the presence of minors, pregnant women and people with underlying diseases.
In addition, the protocol prohibits the entry to the stadiums of those who present symptoms of coronavirus or have been in close contact with a positive in the previous two weeks.
It also establishes different recommendations and behaviors before entering the stadium, during the match, and at the exit, to avoid crowds and contact.
The return of the public to the courts proposed by Conmebol includes the use of face masks throughout the game, the entry of disinfectant wipes or alcohol of less than 100 milliliters, and taking the temperature, if the health authorities consider it necessary.
For the withdrawal of the tickets, it will be essential to submit negative PCR tests, according to the number of tickets purchased.
The stadiums, for which disinfection is emphasized before and after the event, will be divided by sectors, for people vaccinated and those who are not yet vaccinated.
The organization of each match must ensure the physical distance between people in the stands, and it must be clearly marked.
The protocol must now be discussed with the Ministries of Health of each country, facing the round of 16 matches of both tournaments.