Giuseppe Conte, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy, signed a document according to which all sporting events in the country, including the national football championship, were canceled by April 3.
This decision was made in connection with the decree on the introduction of quarantine throughout Italy, which entered into force on the morning of March 10. As reported, the number of coronavirus infected in this country has already exceeded 9170 people, 463 of whom have died.
On the document signed by the Prime Minister, we would like to dwell in more detail so that you understand what is happening in Italy. So, the document says that people should move around only for the following reasons: work, for the needs of healthcare or in emergency situations. Public transport will work, but Mr. Conte told reporters that he wants as many people as possible to stay at home. People who want to travel will need to fill out a document explaining their reasons and take it with them. If it turns out that they misled the authorities, they face fines or imprisonment.
All outdoor activities are prohibited. All events organized in the private or public sector, from culture to sports, religious events and fairs, are suspended. Cinemas, museums, theaters, pubs, dance schools, bet shops and discos should be closed.
Ski resorts should close. Civil and religious ceremonies are not held. Schools and universities will remain closed. And only the training of health professionals will not be suspended.
Bars and restaurants are open from 6 am to 6 pm and only on condition that they can guarantee that customers are at least one meter apart. Enterprises will be closed if these rules are not respected.
Stores can remain open, but only if they can guarantee customers a safe distance of one meter. Large and medium-sized shopping centers should be closed at the weekend. Grocery stores are allowed to stay open at all times.
All sporting events and competitions are canceled. The only possible exceptions are events supported by international sports organizations if they are held behind closed doors. Gyms, sports centers, pools, spas and leisure centers should be closed.
Well, now the situation in Italy has become clearer to you. We turn to what is directly related to us, sail lovers. Moreover, the Italian Sail Federation, in turn, canceled or postponed any sailing competitions in the country. Here are just a few of the consequences of this decision.
The ban expires on April 3, but it can, of course, be continued. This means that a number of tournaments are scheduled for April and May. So, the Italian media reported that the holding of the prestigious ROLEX Capri Sailing Week (May 16-22), as well as the regattas that make it up – ORC European Championship 2020, Italian Offshore Championship 2020, IMA Mediterranean Offshore Challenge, as well as racing under the auspices of the International Maxi Association.
The international J / 24 class association announced the cancellation of the European Championship, which was supposed to be held April 29 – May 5 in Trieste.
The first stage of the America's Cup World Series tournaments, as you know, should start in Cagliari in Sardinia on April 23. At the same time, the bases of the Italian (Luna Rossa) and British (INEOS Team UK) teams are located just in Sardinia, the crews and their yachts are there. It is more difficult with the boat Emirates Team New Zealand: it has already been delivered by sea to Singapore, but there they were removed from the bulk carrier – and they are waiting if they will have to return to New Zealand if the regatta is canceled. The Americans from American Magic are in no hurry at all: in their opinion, there are too many chances that the regatta will not take place.
There is more and more doubt that the famous Lake Garda Meeting Optimist regatta (April 9-14) will take place. The organizers of this largest tournament, included in the Guinness Book of Records, have been silent for the past few days, not answering the many questions that have been sent to them from around the world. Which, in general, is understandable: there was nothing to answer …
And the latest news – even though it has nothing to do with Italy. But it has to do with sail. And direct. The organizing committee of the Asian Championship, which was to be held March 15 – 22 in Abu Dhabi, postponed the tournament due to the coronavirus – until April. As you know, this championship should determine the owners of Olympic licenses from Asia in the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, and RS: X classes for men and women.
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