VIDEO: COVID-19: Children’s centers close, sport leagues ban spectators

  • 06 March, 2020
  • Jake Chen
COVID-19: Children’s centers close, sport leagues ban spectators. (CNA Photo)

The government’s Central Epidemic Command Center has published a set of guidelines designed to contain the transmission of COVID-19. The new guidelines are set to impact everything from indoor playgrounds to professional sports matches through at least the end of the month.

On a normal day, this indoor children’s play center in Taipei would be full of kids and parents. But the outbreak of COVID-19 means that centers like this one have to shut their doors until the end of March.

This comes as Taiwan reports that several people have tested positive for COVID-19 despite no recent history of visiting or staying in hospitals. Experts suspect these people were infected in public places.

The government’s Central Epidemic Command Center has responded with a set of new guidelines that take aim at large gatherings and seek to prevent the kind of crowding in public places that may lead to further transmission.

It isn’t just children that the guidelines aim to protect. Adult sports fans, are just one other group affected.

Taiwan’s professional baseball league has pushed back the opening of its upcoming season to March 28, a two-week delay. The league has announced limits on interaction between players and fans- no autographs, handshakes, or pictures. And it says it will cancel the season altogether if the government requires it to.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s pro basketball league is banning spectators from its games. Fans will only be able to catch the latest matches on TV.

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