Coronavirus pandemic (2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic) is fastly spreading all over the world. As the governments are taking some precautions, the Turkish Government also took some measures. According to these measures, almost every massügathering or public-use places are closed. So, football fans in Turkey are looking for the answer to the question “Are football fields closed because of the Covid-19?”. When we checked F.A.Q.s on google about this topic we see:
- Are the football fields closed?
- Is the reason Covid-19?
- Are the football fields closed because of coronavirus?
- When will the football fields open?
and so many other questions like this. About this situation, we will make some explanations: In Turkey, all the ministries, doctors, politicians, and wise people make announcements about #STAYHOME. To initiate this, all the malls, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, coiffeurs, and barbershops are closed until an announcement. On the other hand, a wide curfew is imposed in big cities in the country on weekends to block the spread of Covid-19.
How Covid-19 Spreads
Covid-19 is primarily transmitted from symptomatic people to others who are in close contact through respiratory droplets, by direct contact with infected persons, or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. So if the people don’t pay attention to the social distance, the pandemic will spread easily. But the main problem is; even if you are infected, there may seem no symptoms for up to 7 days. In this period, the pandemic will continue to spread without even noticing it. According to researches, 1 individual can infect up to 200 other people. 1 to 200 and the other 1 to 200 will is helping it to spread so easily. So, this is the main reason that public places are shut down. So, what about the football fields. Are they closed because of the coronavirus? Here are the details.
Are the Football Fields Closed Because of Covid-19?
According to an announcement of the Ministry of the Interior’s measures against coronavirus, public entertainment, and social places where social distance is not possible which is a threat for Covid-19 to spread, are closed until a second opening announcement. This is a game over for football lovers. According to this, artificial grass football fields where people play football with 6X6 or 7X7 persons almost every night, are closed.
When Will The Fields Open?
Football fans, after learning that the fields are closed, started to search for when the fields will be opened. According to this, no explanation is made by the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Health, and the Presidency. So, there is no certain information about when will they open.
Yesterday, according to the explanation of the Shopping Mall Investors Association president, malls will be opened in the middle of May if the Science Committee approves. On the other hand, barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants will be opened at the beginning of June with taking necessary precautions to provide social distancing. And finally, tourism centers wanted to be opened to domestic tourists with necessary precautions during the June-July period. Also, there are so big demands about dismantling the travel ban between the cities.
So there is no official explanation about the football fields yet. But, according to consumptions, they will be opened around July/August months according to the countries normalization process.
Are There any Open Football Field?
Right now, there is no active/operational football field all around the country. There is a big penalty against any establishment if they illegally and secretly go on operations. The punishment is applied to both the management and the users on the field. The fee is 3000 TL and that kind of behavior is both dangerous and unnecessary.
Even the football fields were open, we recommend people to be careful about social distancing and not to leave their houses unnecessarily. Because if only one person is infected with Covid-19, all the players most probably get infected because it is nearly impossible to pay attention to social distancing at football fields. As the normalization will begin, football fields will be opened just like the other industries. So, the only thing we can do is wait patiently.
Football Fields are Opening! Returning Normal
The Government of Turkey has declared the process of returning normality. According to plans, all the sports fields will be open in June. So, when will the football fields are opening? The statement of the president explains everything.
The Government Meeting on 28th May also has a topic about the status of sports fields. President Erdogan stated that all the sports fields and saloons will be open at the beginning of June. He said:
“All the beaches, natural parks, playgrounds will open on the 1st of June under some certain rules. All the museums will also open at the same day. Animal bazaars will open at 1st and the racetracks at 10th of June. All the restrictions about personal sports are relieved. All the sport clubs will be operative until 12 P.M.”
This is also good news for football lovers. Football fields will be open until 12 P.M.
Is it Game Over For Football Lovers Again?
According to the normalization period, the sports fields and football pitches opened on the 1’st of June. And they continue their service until then. But, as the second wave of coronavirus hit the countries, the question of “Will the football fields close again?” question is very common again. Is it game over for football lovers again? Ministery of Health and other officials are declaring new precautions every day. Is there any decision about football fields?
As an expert in football field constructor, Ekip Grass, we are aware of the risks and threats about sports fields. And we follow all the improvements in the situation. But, there is no closure decision about football fields right now.
But, there has been an Interior Ministry Notice announced on the 4’th of November. According to this notice, some new restrictions about the sports fields are explained;
- Swimming pools, hammams, saunas, and spas,
- Football fields and gyms
and similar sports facilities will be closed at 10 P.M.
Football Fields are Closed Again
Unfortunately, as the number of daily infected people from Covid-19 is increasing, new precautions have been declared by the government on 17.11.2020. According to them, mini football fields (or amateur football fields) are closed beginning from 20.11.2020 at 20:00 until 31.12.2020.