WHO Guidance on Mass Gatherings & Sports EventsNews
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 mass gatherings.
Such infections can be transmitted during a mass gathering, during transit to and from the event, in bars and restaurants before and after matches and in participants’ home communities upon their return.
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 mass gatherings.
These tools will be particularly useful for IFCPF members and organisers of grassroots tournaments to fully assess the health and safety challenges of hosting mass gatherings in and between their respective host countries in the months and possibly years to follow the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Download WHO - 1a - Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of COVID-19 Download WHO - 1b - Considerations for sports federations-sports event organisations when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19 Download WHO - 2 - How to use WHO risk assessment and mitigation checklist for Mass Gatherings in the context of COVID-19 Download WHO - 3 - COVID-19 - Guidance for the use of the WHO mass gatherings sports addendum risk assessment tool Download WHO - 4 - COVID-19 - MG Decision Tree