It’s official. No more Serie A matches for the public’s eye.
However, now Serie A is to be played in an empty stadium and the doors are closed off to the mass audience. This will be in order till April 3, 2020 – until more stringent measures are taken.
Prime minister Giuseppe Conte broke the news on Wednesday as Coronavirus reached stage 3 in Italia, paralysing the country and is now spreading towards France. There has been a death toll of 107 so far, and 3089 confirmed and active cases of the coronavirus.
The decree stated: “Sports events and competitions of all kinds and disciplines, held in every place, both public and private, are suspended.
“However, in municipalities other than those listed in Annex 1 of the prime minister’s decree of March 1, 2020, and subsequent amendments, the holding of the aforementioned events and competitions, as well as training sessions for competitive athletes, is still allowed inside sports facilities used behind closed doors, or outdoors without the presence of the public.
“In all such cases, associations and sports clubs, by means of their medical staff, are required to carry out the appropriate checks to contain the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus among athletes, technicians, managers and all accompanying persons who participate.
“Basic sports and motor activities in general, carried out outdoors or inside gyms, swimming pools and sports centres of all kinds, are allowed only on the condition that it is possible to comply with the recommendation set out in Annex 1, letter D.
“The provisions of this decree have their effect from the date of publication in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic and are effective, subject to different provisions contained in the individual measures, until April 3, 2020.”