Sporting and Entertainment Activities Resumed Amid Surging Coronavirus Cases. Is This a Good Idea?

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While the Coronavirus cases are still surging across the globe, World leaders have stated that economic activities cannot stay on hold for any longer without leaving lasting scars on the global economic landscape.

As a result, many countries have allowed for the gradual resumption of economic activities to lighten the economic blow of the pandemic.

Even entertainment and sporting industries, both driving billions of dollars of revenue for several countries, have been allowed to resume with certain restrictions.

Combined with these restrictions, the entertainment and sporting industries are also coming up with innovations to continue their activities without endangering the lives of the professionals and their audiences.

The most recent example of the same was put forth by Barcelona’s Liceu opera that opened its doors on Monday. The Gran Teatre del Liceu held its first show to a full house of 2,292 plants. The show, performed by World-renowned string quartet UceLi Quartet was also live-streamed for human audiences.

The plants used as the live audience will be donated to healthcare professionals working at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.

Similarly, luxury fashion designer Christian Dior’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pietro Beccari have announced that the brand’s cruise show will be held live, but without an audience. The show, scheduled to go live on July 22nd in Italy, will be live-streamed for the brand’s audience.

On the contrary, the sporting industry has not been able to mitigate the risk, even despite employing similar innovations.

World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has been tested positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday, 23rd  of June, after hosting a celebration during his Adria Tour exhibition tournament held in the Balkans. Other Coronavirus cases that have emerged as a result of this tournament’s activities include Croatia’s Borna Coric, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, and Viktor Troicki.

After testing positive, Djokovic has issued a public apology accepting that the organizers ‘were wrong’ to host the Balkan event.

Despite such reports, other sporting events are being announced and executed.

The West Indies team is currently touring England for a 3-match test series. In India, local cricket is expected to make a comeback this month, but the sporting activities will be restricted to states that have been relatively less affected by the pandemic. At the same time, in the neighboring country of Pakistan, whose team is scheduled for a tour of England in August, may have to cancel their plans as 7 of their players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

Australia and New Zealand have announced that their women teams are set to resume cricket matches in September.

South Africa has also announced that cricket matches in the country will resume on the 27th  of June with a new three-team format.

Even the football industry is not far behind when it comes to a resumption of normal activity. Serbia and Croatia have both resumed their local football leagues earlier this month. Serbian football resumed on 30th May and Croatian league matches resumed on 6th June. Slovenia, another neighboring country resumed football activities on 5th June.

The USA National Women’s Soccer League Tournament is also slated to begin this week in the state of Utah. However, many players like Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, and Christen Press have chosen to opt-out of the tournament due to safety concerns.

 

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