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COVID-19. The Precautionary Measures for the World of Sport

This document contains the precautionary measures foreseen by the Decrees of the Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri 1 March 2020 (from now on referred to as DPCM) regarding the sports sphere and split into the different geographical areas. This page will be constantly updated if there are any changes to the existing precautionary measures and if new ones are added.

Regarding the legislative provisions laid down by the Decree of the Presidente del Consiglio, 4 March 2020, all measures are in force from the date the Decree was adopted until the 3rd of April 2020 throughout the entire national territory unless otherwise stated.

The measures stated in articles 1 and 2 of the Decree of the Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri, 1 March 2020 and successive alterations are confirmed. Regarding the areas specified in the attachments 1,2,3 of the Decree of the Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri, 1 March 2020, and successive alterations, the measures laid down by the Decree 4 March 2020 are applied “collectively” in the same way as the aforementioned articles 1 and 2.

1. Regarding the districts of  Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini, the Lombardia Region and Vo' in the Veneto Region (attachment 1 of the DPCM 1 March 2020) All sports events, exhibitions and activities held in public locations and private locations even if they are held in closed or indoor areas but open to the public, will be postponed until 3 April 2020. (art. 1 of the DPCM, 1 March 2020). 

2. Regarding the districts and regions of Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Veneto, the provinces of Pesaro, Urbino and Savona (attachment 2 of the DPCM, 1 March 2020)All sport events and competitions regarding all sport disciplines held either in public or private locations will be postponed until 3 April 2020. Only the regions not listed in point no.1 may continue to hold sport events, competitions and training sessions as long as they are held within sports facilities that are completely closed off to the public.  Skiing activities in the same Regions and Provinces are allowed on the sole condition that access to the facilities via closed transportation such as cable cars, funicular railways, trams etc. is limited to a maximum of 1/3 of their separate capacities.  All other sport manifestations and sport events held in public and private locations, even if they are indoors but open to the public, will be postponed until 3 April 2020.  

3. Regarding only the Lombardia Region and the Province of Piacenza All cultural, social and recreational centres as well as gymnasiums, sport centres, sport facilities, swimming pools, swimming facilities, wellness centres and thermal centres (with the sole exception of services/activities absolutely essential to health care), will all be closed until 3 April 2020.  

4. Regarding the entire national territory (artt. 1 and 2 of the DPCM, 4 March 2020)All sport events and competitions held in public and private locations and regarding all sport disciplines will be postponed until 3 April 2020. In the districts not listed in point no.1, the above-mentioned events, competitions and elite training sessions will be allowed on the sole conditions that the they will be carried out within indoor or outdoor sports facilities which must remain closed to the public. In all such cases, all sport associations must assign a doctor to test all athletes, coaches, managers, staff and any chaperons participating in the activities to ensure their safety and reduce the risk of the COVID-19 spreading any further.  

5. Regarding the entire national territory (artt. 1 and 2 of the DPCM, 4 March 2020)All types of basic sport and physical activity implemented outdoors or inside gymnasiums, swimming centres, or in any kind of sport centre are allowed on the sole condition that a minimum distance of 1 metre is maintained between each person. (attachment 1, letter d of the DPCM, 4 March 2020); It is recommended that all municipalities, territorial authorities, sport and cultural associations all provide individual recreational activities as an alternative to the collective activities which are prohibited by the current decree, and that they promote and support outdoor activities as long as they do not create gatherings and are not practiced in the homes of the participants.  See note from CONI of 4 March on the application of art. 2 of the DPCM, 1 March 2020.  

Further Clarifications

To answer the questions regarding sports activities that foresee close contact, the regulation DPCM, 4 March artt. 1 and 2 state that if a distance of at least 1 metre between the participants cannot be ensured then the activity may not be carried out.

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