Final Combating Championship (UFC) already had a really strict security program going to stop the unfold of COVID-19 at its occasions, which started on Could 9, 2020 with UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla., and continued on to its most up-to-date occasions in Las Vegas, Nevada.
However with the promotion gearing up for the heavily-anticipated month of July, which can see Dana White and Co. stage 4 occasions in 15 days on “Combat Island” on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (sneak peek right here) beginning with UFC 251 on July 11, UFC is kicking up its protocols up a notch. That’s as a result of UFC will start to fly in its worldwide stars, in addition to many fighters that reside stateside into the island.
MMA Junkie obtained particular particulars relating to the agenda and pointers all fighters should adhere to whereas on “Combat Island.” And it is extremely strict.
A ballroom has been transformed right into a gymnasium with cardio tools.
Every athlete will obtain “adequate lodging for themselves and all of their camp.”
Every athlete will obtain a personal exercise space with mats – a transformed bed room, near the room they’re staying in.
Cleansing merchandise can be provided to the athletes, in addition to a transportable sauna.
Athletes is not going to have entry to the rooms till they go COVID-19 checks.
Eating and Meals
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be supplied to every athlete, in addition to $150 credit score/per day for ala carte gadgets.
Three eating choices can be found – two eating places (which can solely enable 30 % capability) or in-room eating. There are additionally a handful of out-of-pocket eating places on the premises.
Athletes is not going to be eligible for the free meal choices (above) on the times they’re using Trifecta (the UFC PI’s vitamin program) meals.
Testing, Social Distancing, and PPE
Athletes and corners can be examined 4 instances
2. Upon arrival on the airport
3. Within the lodge room, as soon as outcomes come again from Check 2
4. On weigh-in day
The testing procedures liens up with a previously-released define of what all vacationers ought to count on:
Fighters can be required to put on facemasks and gloves every time they’re exterior of their rooms or exercise rooms.
The UFC will present athletes with PPE.
The UFC asks athletes and corners to stay two meters aside every time doable.
Lodge rooms can be cleaned each 48 hours.
Not more than 21 persons are allowed within the lodge gymnasium at a time.
Each two hours, the gymnasium can be closed for brief cleansing.
The gymnasium is open 24 hours however as a result of capability restrictions is just accessible to athletes and camps from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
No towels or water stations can be supplied.
People should disinfect tools after use.
The pool and spa are closed.
Retailers: There aren’t any outlets or shops positioned within the protected zone, except for a “primary store” within the lodge.
Eating places: There are alternatives for eating within the Yas Plaza lodge space.
Golf course: A golf course on the premises can be open to athletes.
“Different points of interest” may even be open.
Meals deliveries should enter by way of a delegated “protected zone”
Meals deliveries will not be permitted until they’re deemed “enterprise important.”
Moreover, the timelines for occasions present that each one occasions will begin properly after midnight native time with the intention to line up with the same old stay ESPN+ and ESPN begin instances. It additionally prevents fighters from having to struggle within the excruciating Abu Dhabi warmth, which can attain upwards of 110 levels through the month of July.
Early chicken will get the worm.
In whole, the promotion has staged eight occasions since coming back from its two-month hiatus on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. All informed, one fighter — Ronaldo Souza — and 4 cornermen have examined constructive for the coronavirus, main to a few canceled fights.
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