It is because of get underway on February Four with spectator numbers capped at 30 p.c of capability at every of the 2 40,000-seat grounds which can host video games.
“Followers must bear speedy PCR or antigen assessments as much as 72 hours earlier than every match. If it comes out adverse they’re allowed to obtain their ticket,” mentioned Abdulwahab al-Musleh, sports activities affairs adviser to Qatar’s well being ministry.
Social distancing, masks sporting and use of Qatar’s contract tracing app and sanitiser will likely be necessary, he added, throughout a media briefing in Doha.
Worldwide followers will likely be unable to attend due to Qatar’s virus mitigation measures, and there will likely be no public occasions together with fan zones.
Qatar’s coronavirus instances are steadily ticking up, with 59.5 new instances per 100,000 individuals up to now week, up 15 p.c on the week earlier than.
The dying fee may be very low and instances stay fewer than many different nations within the area.
“This slight improve means we can’t elevate the capability past 30 p.c,” mentioned Musleh who added the brand new variants of coronavirus are possible already in Qatar.
Following a cluster of instances within the Saudi Al-Hilal group through the AFC Champions League on the finish of final 12 months, Musleh mentioned that “a number of measures to stop that recurring” had been taken.
On January 15 Auckland Metropolis withdrew from February’s match, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.
FIFA mentioned it could work with the Qatari authorities to offer “the safeguards required to guard the well being and security of everybody concerned within the competitors”.
The February Four-11 Membership World Cup 2020 will now be contested by Qatari membership Al Duhail, Al Ahly of Egypt, Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores remaining scheduled for January 30.
The primary spherical match will not happen and Al Duhail will start the competitors within the second spherical. The competitors format stays in any other case unchanged.
Matches will likely be held at Qatar’s lately inaugurated Ahmad Bin Ali and Schooling Metropolis stadiums, essential take a look at fixtures forward of the 2022 World Cup.