Hoardings, masks & scanners for cricket in time of coronavirus
Written by Vishal Menon
| Dharamsala |

Published: March 11, 2020 1:41:32 am


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PUTTING UP loud hoardings, stocking 50 cartons of hand sanitisers, monitoring the journey historical past of lodge company, and procuring thermal scanners to examine ticket-holders at 15 entry factors.

Dharamasala, one of India’s most picturesque cricket venues, goes all out to make sure that the coronavirus shadow doesn’t fall on the HPCA Stadium for the primary One-Day International between India and South Africa on Thursday.

The day-night recreation would be the first main sporting occasion in the nation because the outbreak of the virus, which led to the cancellation of the taking pictures World Cup in New Delhi, the junior athletics Federation Cup in Bhopal and Santosh Trophy in Aizawl.

“We have a list of passengers with their travel history. Overall, people who have travelled to the high-risk countries, such as China, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Iran, on or after February 10, have been put under the watch. Even if they have purchased tickets, they will not be allowed entry for the match. Hotels have been asked to furnish details of their guests’ travel records,” mentioned Dr Ravinder Rana, HPCA’s chief medical officer, who’s overseeing measures on the venue on the foothills of the slow-clad Dhauladhar vary.

Referring to the origins of the outbreak, one hoarding screams: “Wuhan mein chupa Coronavirus se bachav ka formula (Formula to save yourself from the Wuhan Coronavirus).” It consists of some nifty wordplay, too, round ‘Wuhan’. W: Wash fingers, U: Use masks correctly, H: Have temperature checked repeatedly, A: Avoid massive crowd, N: Never contact face with unclean fingers.

On the sphere, in the meantime, when the captains stroll out for the toss, Virat Kohli and his South African counterpart Quinton de Kock are unlikely to shake fingers.

On Holi, with two days to go for the match, the vacationer hill city wore a abandoned look, and retailers and eating places remained closed.

The Himachal cricket affiliation insisted that precautions have been taken to make sure the match will get underway as per schedule. Their solely plea: “Don’t spread unnecessary panic.”

“We have 15 thermal scanners, like the ones used in airports to check passengers, in each of the entry points to scrutinise everyone who enters the premises on match day. We have also arranged for cartons of hand sanitisers that will be made available inside the stadium,” Rana mentioned.

Over the final two weeks, the district administration has been repeatedly in contact with airport authorities. Hotel workers on the plush Hotel Pavilion, the place each the groups are put up, have been requested to put on masks.

The state affiliation officers count on an excellent turnout, extra so as a result of the final worldwide match — a T20I recreation — between India and South Africa was washed out in September 2019.

“Despite the coronavirus fear, we expect a decent turnout. As of yesterday, around 9,000 out of the 23,000 tickets have been sold out,” media co-ordinator Mohit Sud mentioned.

No case of coronavirus has been reported so removed from Himachal Pradesh. But staff at Conifer, a lodge located subsequent to the stadium, mentioned the inflow of overseas vacationers in the dual cities of Dharamsala and Mcleodganj have dropped by round 30 per cent, in comparison with final yr.

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