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S. Korean pro baseball league to welcome fans starting Sunday, but in limited capacity Updated: 2020-07-25 12:14:24 KST


This Sunday, baseball fans in South Korea will finally be able to watch games in person.
This welcoming news comes two months into the season.

"Professional sports matches have been held without spectators. But now, they will be reopened to fans in a phased manner."

But teams are required to limit the number of fans to just 10 percent of the stadium capacity.
And they need to strictly follow social distancing guidelines laid out by the Korea Baseball Organization, which include displaying precautionary measures on the screen and checking temperatures at the gates.

"We've made lots of preparations to protect our players and fans, like minimizing contacts between them."

For fans, there are new set of rules to follow too.
They must buy tickets online in advance, so that visitor tracking is easy if needed.
Tickets will be available through the Interpark website.
During the games, they must wear face masks, sit in a zig-zag manner to keep their distance, and refrain from eating food inside the stadium.
Group chanting is also restricted to prevent any spread of droplets.

Professional soccer is set to apply a similar policy on August 1st.
And golf is likely follow suit starting September.
The government is planning to loosen the capacity restrictions gradually depending on the situation.
This sports reopening is in line with the government's so-called "Level 1 social distancing", which is the lowest level in its three-stage system announced in June.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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