The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) published, on Wednesday, the update of guideline 036/2020, which defines the lines for the resumption of training football, with an obligation to test the covid-19 before the games.
According to the update, in competitions between teams / athletes in municipalities with an incidence rate of less than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, the medium risk modalities, such as football, require the performance of rapid antigen tests (TRAg) for 50 percent of athletes and coaching staff and 50 percent of referees or judges who perform their duties without a mask. This testing, with an incidence below 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, is not mandatory in the context of training.
On the other hand, if the incidence in the respective municipality exceeds 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, it is mandatory, in the context of training for a given team, to test 50 percent of the athletes and technical team every 14 days and, in competitions between teams / athletes, on days and games, it is mandatory to perform TRAg to «all sports agents directly involved in the competition, on the day of the same», namely athletes, technical team and referees who perform functions without a mask.
In addition, for the resumption of sports activities, DGS says, “it is mandatory to present a negative result in a laboratory test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out under the terms of DGS Standard 019/2020 up to 72 hours before the start of the activities, by part and all practitioners of training levels of medium and high risk sports modalities ».
Now, these measures were criticized not even 24 hours later, this Thursday, by AF Lisboa, which regrets that, instead of the “slowdown” or the “total lifting of the constraints hitherto existing”, the updating of norm 019/2020 of DGS imposes on its affiliated clubs “a series of unaffordable requirements in view of the current financial conditions”.
AF Lisboa was, incidentally, the first one to criticize the DGS update so far, at a time when the return to training and competitions is coming soon: from April 5, training and competitions will return to low-risk modalities, followed by medium-risk modalities on April 19, in a recovery that runs through May 3.
The Lisbon association also regrets the fact that the presence of the public in sports venues remains prohibited.
The framework defined by the DGS for return, depending on the risk defined for each modality:
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