Strict health protocol for Bundesliga games



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The Bundesliga – which is all set to resume in Germany on May 16 – will be the first European league to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition.

The season would begin under the terms of a strict health protocol with a blanket ban on fans from the stadium. Several steps will be taken to shield players against contracting infections.

German professional sports club Eintracht Frankfurt will be using a transponder from KINEXON GmbH. The small, portable transmitter controls, among other things, the safety distance between people who carry one such transponder by sending signals as soon as the required distance is met. In the event of an infection, sensors permanently installed in the stadium can create a movement profile of the people carrying the transponder and thus track contacts back.

Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. is a German professional sports club based in Frankfurt, Hesse, which is best known for its football club, currently playing in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system.

KINEXON provides state of the art sensor networks and edge computing solutions to manufacturing, logistics, sports and media organizations.

APA Brands Events Solutions – one of the leading events suppliers in Europe – is delivering the proper infection protection implementation concept against a fatal disease like coronavirus.

With the new APA implementation tool ‘PICS’, the thousands of individual measures can now be controlled clearly and comprehensibly for everyone.

Among other things, a shoulder gadget has been developed which monitors that a person does not come too close to another person. If one sets the safety distance at a certain limit in centimeters or meters, the trailer emits visual and acoustic signals as soon as two people fall below this distance.

Several soccer Bundesliga teams have already asked the Rhineland-Palatinate event management company for advice on how to play ghost games following strict hygiene and safety standards.

In order to follow safety and hygiene requirements for the upcoming ghost games, clubs will use technical aids. These can control distances and create motion profiles.

The continuation of the 2019-20 Bundesliga seasons comes with a proviso – strict hygiene regulations. For example, it regulates exactly how many workers are allowed to enter the stadium during a ghost game and the scope within which they can work. In order to minimize the risk of infection, complex protection concepts are being used in many places.

The Bundesliga has been on hold since mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, but teams have been training in small groups and under strict conditions since mid-April.

The Bundesliga will continue with ghost games from May 16 and it will be played until the end of June despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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