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First fans allowed to attend baseball-games in Taiwan

NEW TAIPEI CITY (Taiwan) - Coming Friday (May 8), the first fans are allowed to attend games in the professional Taiwanese baseball-competition. On Wednesday (May 6), it was announced that on Friday 1,000 spectators per game will be allowed to watch the two scheduled games in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

On April 12, the CPBL opened the new season with games being played daily in empty stadiums. With that, the CPBL became the first professional baseball-league worldwide to start open its 2020 season. Since then, cardboard puppets with photos have taken the places of spectators in the empty stadiums. The CPBL then also inrtroduced a new logo that underscores that everyone has to take care of their health. On Tuesday, the new professional baseball-season opened in South Korea.

On Wednesday, Taiwanese newspapers reported that Health Minister Shih-chug Chen announced that a maximum of 1,000 specators will be allowed. All fans must have their temperatures taken, must wear face masks and must comply with the social distancing measure of 1.5 meters. The Central Epidemic Command Center confirmed the maximum of 1,000 persons to be allowed into the stadium.

It was also reported by Liberty Times that the CPBL had originally proposed to allow 250 spectators. The total was increased as Taiwan has gone 24 consecutive days without a single local case of the coronavirus.

On Friday, games are scheduled to be played in New Taipei City and Taichung.

(May 6)

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