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Plan to resume sporting life in Poland

28.04.2020

Minister of sport

The New Sports Reality

On 25 April, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk presented a plan for the new sports reality.

Infrastructure facilities that are open to the general public will be made accessible as of 4 May. We also plan to let football clubs in the PKO BP Ekstraklasa and motorcycle clubs in the PGE Speedway Ekstraliga resume training and competitions. Athletes preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be able to use the Olympic Preparation Centres in Spała and Wałcz. However, it should be kept in mind that, as in everyday life, safety rules will also apply in sport, because the health and life of Poles is of paramount importance, Dmowska-Andrzejuk said.

Infrastructure open to the general public: “thawing” grassroots sport

The public will be able to use open sports infrastructure as of 4 May.

Sport plays an enormous role in enhancing health, therefore I encourage everyone to spend their time actively, the Minister of Sport said. 

The following sports facilities will be opened (for a maximum of six persons using a given facility): stadiums (football, track-and-field and others), schoolyards and multifunctional playing fields (including Orlik pitches), outdoor infrastructure for motor sports and aviation, golf courses, equestrian facilities and other open facilities such as shooting ranges, archery ranges, go-kart tracks, roller-skating and in-line skating tracks. The use of water sports infrastructure will also be permitted. Two people will be able to use one boat, paddle boat, canoe or kayak at the same time. As regards tennis courts, in Stage II open and semi-open facilities will be made available. There will be a limit of four persons per court.

The following safety rules will apply to the use of open infrastructure:

  • social distancing,
  • covering your face (required when you arrive at the facility; however, when you are on, for example, a playing field, you are not required to cover your face),
  • limited number of people,
  • verification of participants (notifying the facility manager about the persons entering the facility),
  • locker rooms and showers will remain closed; only toilets will be open,
  • disinfection of equipment after every use and every group,
  • mandatory hand disinfection for persons entering and leaving the facility,
  • use of personal exercise/sports equipment ,or disinfection of other equipment after every use.

The successive stages of returning to the sports reality in grassroots sports

The individual stages of returning to the sports reality in grassroots sports have been planned. They will be put into effect depending on the epidemiological situation in Poland. They are as follows:

STAGE III –  SPORTS CLASSES IN SCHOOL GYMNASIUMS AND OTHER SCHOOL ROOMS

  • maximum of six-person groups,
  • verification of participants (notifying the facility manager about the persons entering the facility),
  • locker rooms and showers will remain closed ; only toilets will be open,
  • disinfection of equipment after every use and every group,
  • mandatory hand disinfection for persons entering and leaving the facility,
  • use of personal exercise/sports equipment or disinfection of such equipment after every use.
STAGE IV –  CLOSED INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Provision of services relating to the improvement of physical fitness (Polish Classification of Business Activities: PKD. 96.04.Z).
  • Business activity relating to sport, entertainment and recreation (Polish Classification of Business Activities: PKD 93.0), consisting in the operation of meeting facilities or clubs, including dance clubs, swimming pools, gyms, fitness clubs, table tennis clubs, squash courts, badminton courts, martial arts clubs, bowling alleys, trampoline parks, skate parks and climbing walls.
  • Outdoor sports events with up to 50 participants, without spectators.

Rules governing the use of closed infrastructure:

  • social distancing,
  • covering your face (depending on the type of sport), 
  • limited number of people,
  • verification of participants, notifying the facility manager about persons entering the facility,
  • locker rooms and showers will remain closed; only toilets will be open, 
  • disinfection of equipment after every use and every group,
  • mandatory hand disinfection for persons entering and leaving the facility,
  • use of personal exercise/sports equipment (e.g. tennis rackets, helmets etc.).

Resumption of the PKO Bank Polski Ekstraklasa football league

Under a strict sanitary regime, PKO BP Ekstraklasa football clubs will return first to training, then to competition. A schedule has been drawn up that will be modified on an ongoing basis, depending on the current epidemiological situation in the country and the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate.

The resumption of training and competition will be possible only under a strict sanitary regime and compliance with all safety precautions. First, players and members of training staffs will undergo mandatory 14-day isolation. Then selected facilities will be opened for individual training, followed by training in groups of several people, then team training sessions. At this time, it is estimated that the 27th round of the PKO BP Ekstraklasa football league will be held 29-31May.

Resumption of the PGE Speedway Ekstraliga

PGE Speedway Ekstraliga motorcycle racers will also be able to resume participation in their sport, provided they observe a strict sanitary regime and all safety rules. On May 8, racers and mechanics will begin their mandatory 14-day isolation. During this period, their health will be monitored continuously. The next stage will be a 14-day training period during which an eight-racer team with eight mechanics will be allowed to use one speedway at a time. Currently, the start of PGE Speedway Ekstraliga races, without spectators, is planned for 12 June.

All safety precautions will be observed during races. Team members, functional persons, judges and TV production crew members will be required to stay in designated areas and to wear protective gloves and masks. Participants will travel to races using their own means of transport. Each club will designate a set roster of participants (without rotation) in training sessions and league races.

The National Sports Training Centres for Olympic Preparations s in Spała and Wałcz open to athletes

Training activity at the Olympic Preparation Centres in Spała and Wałcz will be resumed. Athletes and support personnel will return to both facilities after completing their mandatory 14-day isolation. The first training sessions are scheduled to begin on 9 May.

Everyone staying and training at the Centres will be required to observe a strict sanitary regime and all precautionary measures:

  • room-training-room rule,
  • training groups shall consist of no more than five persons,
  • in the case of team sports (e.g. volleyball), a maximum of six persons will be allowed in each training group,
  • all groups must maintain a safe distance between each other.

Persons staying at the Centres will be prohibited from leaving the premises; contact between training groups and staffs will be prohibited; and no visits from outside persons will be permitted. The National Sports Medicine Centre will be responsible, among others, for updating players' medical cards, exercising medical supervision over the training process and maintaining contacts with the doctors staying with athletes at the National Sports Training Centres for Olympic Preparations.

The following rules will be in effect at the National Sports Training Centres for Olympic Preparations:

  • places where meals are served will be separated by Plexiglass windows,
  • limited number of persons permitted in canteens,
  • protective clothing and liquid disinfectant will be provided to all employees,
  • personnel will not clean rooms,
  • disinfection of training places before and after every training, 
  • no contact between complex employees and persons staying at the complex,
  • letters and packages delivered to addressees after a 24-hour quarantine,
  • liquid disinfectant will be generally available and in every room and training place, 
  • corridors, gateways and generally accessible areas will be cleaned and disinfected 3 times a day.

Training activity at three more National Sports Training Centres for Olympic Preparations - Szczyrk, Zakopane and Cetniewo and at other sports facilities of strategic importance for elite sports will be resumed at a later date.