The Spread of COVID-19 and Attending Football Matches: Lesson from Belarus
9 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2021 Last revised: 26 Jan 2021
Date Written: January 12, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic shut down sporting events. However, the Belarusian Premier League was the only top-flight European league not suspended during COVID-19 pandemics. In this study, we analyze the effect of attending football matches on the number of COVID-19 cases. The results show, that 1% growth in match attendance in a region increases the number of COVID-19 cases by 0.15%-0.48% percent. This evidence might be interesting for sports leagues that develop their reopening policies.
Note: Funding: This study is supported by Basic research program of HSE University.
Declaration of Interests: The author declares no conflicts of interest.
Keywords: COVID-19, pandemics, football, attendance, Belarus, sports, lockdown
JEL Classification: I18, Z20
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