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The practice of sport in Spain is reactivated. Golf, when?

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After more than 50 days in confinement by the COVID-19, Spain is preparing to lift the confinement gradually and hopes that contagion will continue to decrease. 

Bars, cinemas, shopping centers, restaurants are some of the businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic but you can’t leave aside national sport and all the athletes who have had to take a break from their duties and training to continue it from home. 

We have seen athletes practice sports from home in confinement with routines adapted space, equipment and even platforms available to make training more effective, but when will outdoor sports practices be reactivated?

Until last Wednesday, the requests were submitted to the Ministry of Health by the autonomous communities to move to phase 1 of the de-escalation on May 11. 

It is important to remember that each phase will last two weeks. 

Phase 1 will allow “the opening of high performance sports centres at lower occupancy rates and by turns”, which will include golf fields, and only if a particular community does not access the corresponding phase will it have to delay the start of this activity.

The move to phase 1 of de-escalation will also mean that citizens can be reunited with their relatives.

In Phase 2, there could even be golf tournaments, since the fields are open-air spaces, as long as no more than 400 people congregate and with the corresponding distance and protection measures.

Among the requirements for Phase 1, one of the most important is that the Ministry of Health requires the Autonomous Communities to have between 1.5 and 2 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ready within five days and to have between 37 and 40 beds for acute patients per 10,000 inhabitants, in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

This is one of the requirements to be followed by the Autonomous Communities so that the Government can evaluate their proposals for de-escalation.

The first Spanish people who has played golf after the break: 

With the phrase “I am privileged” Christian Siverio, 27 years old and with handicap 3,6 expresses his happiness and comments that because he had the lowest handicap he had to start.

 “It’s up to us to take care of this sport and be responsible” says Christian Siverio.

The Tecina Golf field has become the first sports center to open its doors in the country during the state of alarm. The island, along with El Hierro, La Graciosa and Formentera, have no recorded cases of coronavirus and are already in Phase 1.

The “social discipline” is fundamental in this new phase of de-escalation.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced this Friday which territories will move to phase 1 of the de-escalation and which will remain in phase 0 as from Monday 11 May. The Executive has rejected the progress of the Community of Madrid, the Castilian-Manchegan provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real and Toledo, the Andalusian provinces of Malaga and Granada and several health areas in the three provinces of the Community of Valencia. 

Most of the territory of Castile and Leon and Catalonia also remains in Phase 0, whose autonomous governments chose to continue in the initial phase of de-escalation.

From TransSport we trust in the good judgment of the people to respect the rules of social distance and that every day that passes obstacles are overcome and sports spaces are reopened for the meeting of athletes on the field. 

We hope that soon, if people do well, they will be able to go out and play golf.