ISL 2020-21 news: ISL's COVID-19 protocols explained

ISL 2020: What happens if a player tests positive in the bio-bubble? Here's all you need to know about the COVID-19 protocols in place for the ISL.

FC Goa player Ishan Pandita enters FC Goa's hotel before the pre-season.   -  @FCGoaOfficial

The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL gets underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa from November 20.

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The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following SC East Bengal's inclusion, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

Here's all you need to know about the bio-bubble and the COVID-19 protocols/Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in place for the ISL.

Access

Access to accommodation, training facilities and stadium is divided into four tiers

Tier 1: Players, team officials, match officials, and personnel interacting with them regularly including accompanying family members

Tier 2: Persons interacting with Tier 1 personnel for pre-identified work flows

Tier 3: Persons having no physical interaction with Players and Team officials. Will have operational access to Field of Play (FOP) and Competition Area/ Delegate Area/ Media Tribune

Tier 4: Persons interacting with Tier 3 personnel. Their access will be limited to Stadium concourse.

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Testing frequency

The Tier 1 batch will be tested every three days, while testing will not take place on match days. People in the Tier 2 and 3 will also be tested every three days. Those in Tier 4 will be monitored via the ISL Health App.

What happens if an individual tests positive?

1. The individual must be isolated from the group for in the ISL isolation facility (asymptomatic)/hospital (symptomatic). PT-PCR and RAT tests are to be conducted and if they return negative, a second PT-PCR test is to be taken after 24 hours of the first test result. And only if both these tests return negative, the individual can return to the bio-bubble, where the regular 72-hour testing will continue. He will also require a 10-day isolation period in their hotel room.

2. Any member of the team, who was in contact with the individual who tested positive, will also have to undergo isolation of 14 days and a series of tests before returning to the bubble.

 

ISL 2020 will be televised live on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar.

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