EHF statement on hygiene protocol and procedures at Women’s EHF EURO 2020

Official statement on specifications to the hygiene protocol at EHF EURO 2020

SELECT Balls during the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 Norway, Denmark , - Jyske Bank Arena - in Herning,, Denmark, 01.12.2020, Mandatory Credit © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff

After four days of play at Women’s EHF EURO 2020, the European Handball Federation has issued specifications on the hygiene protocol. These specifications have been confirmed by the tournament management, communicated to all delegations at the final tournament and are subsequently outlined below.

Entry and re-entry to red zone

For both, persons who must leave the red zone for medical treatment, i.e. in the case of an injury, as well as for persons who arrive at a later stage, i.e. players that come in as replacements, the same procedure applies.

This includes that upon arrival at the venue (or the return in case of an injury) an immediate test takes place. Afterwards the person will be isolated for two days. Following the isolation, the person can be included to the red bubble and will be tested daily for another four days.

Infected delegation members

After seven of days of quarantine in Denmark, delegation members who had been tested positive, can return to their respective home country. A person, who had been tested positive, must not take part in the final tournament at any later stage.

Antigen tests

Following the procedure for a positive test within the team, the delegation that has been cleared to play following negative tests, on the match day as such shall conduct an antigen rapid test before departure to the game. This is done to additionally ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Additional measures

Until Sunday night approximately 3,400 Covid-19 tests have been conducted at Women’s EHF EURO 2020. As communicated earlier, one Romanian and two Serbian players have tested positive for Covid-19 – before entering the red zone respectively before playing the first match – and have subsequently been quarantined.

Furthermore, the European Handball Federation has issued five warnings, namely one each for the delegations of the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Spain and Russia, for not respecting parts of the hygiene protocol.

In addition to this, organisational measures will be implemented at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning in order to secure the separation between the different zones.
The European Handball Federations underlines that in all cases the warning issued is the sole and final one. Any additional infringement of the hygiene protocol will result in the immediate withdrawal of the respective accreditations and exclusion from the tournament.

written by ehf-euro.com / ts