Prime Minister Han Deok-soo said at a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (Corona 19) held at the government complex in Seoul on the morning of the 23rd, “I would like to thank the people who are consistently supporting the quarantine even without uniform distance. In consideration of the inconvenience of the public, we will lift the low-risk quarantine regulations one by one after collecting expert opinions.”
Prime Minister Han said, “It is mandatory to wear a mask when attending outdoor gatherings, performances, and sports events where 50 or more people gather, but considering the relatively low risk of outdoor infection, it will be lifted from next Monday (26th) after going through administrative procedures.” He added.
▲ Baseball fans watching the match between the Doosan Bears and SSG Landers in the 2022 KBO League held at SSG Landers Field in Incheon on April 30th. ⓒ Junsang Yoo
‘Intuition’ possible without wearing a mask this fall
Even baseball fields, where thousands or even more than 10,000 spectators gather, have been obligated to wear a mask for over two years since Corona 19. Even last year, when we accommodated up to 100% of the audience without any restrictions on spectator admission, we had to wear a mask except when eating and drinking.
But this fall, the familiar figure returns. According to the announcement of the quarantine authorities, it is not necessary to wear a mask in the postseason in October as well as the schedule for the remaining games in the second half of the KBO League after the 26th. The cheering squad, who had to constantly raise the mood, and the fans, who had to repeatedly put on and take off the mask, are also welcome.
In particular, unlike the past two years, when the Gocheok Sky Dome neutral game (2020 playoff-Korean series, 2021 Korean series) due to COVID-19 and the postseason held in November, all games this year may be played in a home/away format. this is high This is why teams that use outdoor stadiums such as Incheon SSG Landers Field, Seoul Jamsil Baseball Stadium, and Suwon KT Wiz Park as their home stadiums also welcome this decision.
The most recent postseason with ‘No Mask’ was held in 2019, before Corona 19. There were no restrictions on the number of spectators, as well as the Gocheok Sky Dome, which was an ‘indoor’ stadium, at a time when there were no restrictions. On October 26, 2019, after the 4th game of the Korean Series between the Doosan Bears and the Kiwoom Heroes, it was a scene that had not been seen for a while.
The same is true for ‘MLB World Tour: Korea Series 2022’, which will be held shortly after the end of the postseason. The first and second games to be held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan for two days from November 11 will also be available to watch without a mask.
▲ Baseball fans watching the match between Lotte Giants and Kiwoom Heroes in 2022 KBO League held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 31st of last month ⓒ Junsang Yoo
The interior is still… Gocheok Dome requires a mask
However, in Gocheok Sky Dome, which is classified as an indoor stadium, as a ‘no-mask’ is applied only to outdoor stadiums, you must continue to wear a mask for the time being. The quarantine authorities decided to maintain the duty to wear a mask indoors in consideration of the increase in flu patients and the possibility of a re-infection of COVID-19 in winter.
Kiwoom’s last home game of the regular season, which uses Gocheok Sky Dome as their home stadium, will be against the Lotte Giants on the 24th. Kiwoom is not affected by this measure, as it was before the 26th when the obligation to wear an outdoor mask was lifted and there was no change in the obligation to wear an indoor mask.
It is no different if they advance to the postseason and host a home game. As before, do not take off the mask when not eating. Masks are also required for the 3rd (November 14th) and 4th (November 15th) of ‘MLB World Tour: Korea Series 2022’, which will be held at the same place.
Since the start of this year’s regular season, social distancing has been lifted and support for fostering has been allowed, but the number of spectators has not recovered to the pre-COVID-19 level. The baseball world is hoping that this measure will allow more spectators to enter the rest of the season and further into the 2023 season.
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