WHO Guidance on Mass Gatherings & Sports Events

COVID-19 AND SPORT

Mass gatherings, including sports fixtures, are highly visible events with the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. There is ample evidence that mass gatherings can amplify the spread of infectious diseases – the transmission of respiratory infections, including influenza, has been frequently associated with large groups of people in small spaces.

Such infections can be transmitted during sports fixtures, during transit to and from events, in bars and restaurants before and after matches and in participants’ home communities upon their return.

Click the button opposite to access a Q&A document on mass gatherings and COVID-19.

SUPPORT FOR UEFA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS & WIDER STAKEHOLDERS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unique challenge that mass gatherings pose given the risk of transmission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has assembled a range of guidance documents and risk assessments tools to assist those involved in the planning, organisation and delivery of sporting events.

These tools will be particularly useful for UEFA Member Associations, League Operators and organisers of grassroots sport to fully assess the health and safety challenges of hosting sporting fixtures and events in and between their respective host countries in the months and possibly years to follow the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings

WHO - Interim Guidance - 19 March 2020

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Considerations for Sports Federations & Sports Organisers

WHO - Interim Guidance - 20 March 2020

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How to use WHO risk assessment and mitigation checklist

WHO - Interim Guidance - 20 March 2020

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Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist Tool

WHO - Interim Guidance - 20 March 2020

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COVID-19 Mass Gathering Decision Tree

WHO - Interim Guidance - 20 March 2020

You can also download all of these documents as a ZIP folder by clicking the button opposite.

MORE INFORMATION

If you have any questions or queries regarding the WHO’s guidance on mass gatherings and sports events please get in touch using the button opposite.