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Explained: What is a Bio-bubble?
A bio-bubble is an invisible shield that is used to host sporting events during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In simple words, it is a safe and secure environment that can only be accessed by a certain set of people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus from one person to another during the course of the event. The bio-bubbles were initiated for sporting events such as India's tour of Australia, IPL, US Open and so on.
Where is a bio-secure environment created?
The bio-secure environment can be parts of a hotel or stadium and the players are allowed to access only those parts to prevent any physical interaction with the outside world. For instance, at the US Open, the players could only travel from the hotel to the stadium and vice-versa.
It is to be noted that different zones are created for players, match officials, staff members, hotel staff, security personnel and medical teams. All of them must remain in their allotted zones. In case of breach of bio-bubble, the person will be isolated and would need to test negative twice before entering the bubble again.
How does a bio-secure bubble work?
The bio-secure bubble aims at keeping the teams isolated from the outside world to minimise the risk of COVID-19 at the venue. Additionally, the players are not allowed to meet their families, friends, and visitors during the course of the tournament and neither they are allowed to leave the bio-bubble to pay a visit to their families or friends.
How a player enters bio-bubble?
To enter a bio-bubble, a player needs to clear the RT-PCR test before leaving his home country. Upon arrival at the destination, he will be tested again for COVID-19 and has to confine in a room until the results are declared.
During the IPL last year, each player was required to wear a Bluetooth band at all times. The band would beep if a person comes in close proximity to the other person.
At the US Open, the accreditation card had an RFID code for contact tracing in case someone tests positive for COVID-19.
First International Cricket Tournament in Bio-bubble
In July 2020, the West Indies tour of England was the first International cricket tournament that was played in the bio-bubble. During the course of the series, no one tested positive for COVID-19. It is to be noted that if someone left the bio-bubble during the tournament, he had to isolate for 5 days and need to pass two COVID-19 tests before returning to the bio-secure environment. The first case of the bio-bubble breach was highlighted when Jofra Archer (England Bowler) was dropped from the second Test due to the breach of bio-security protocols.
Upcoming IPL 2021
The 2021 Indian Premier League or IPL 14 is scheduled to be played between 9 April to 30 May 2021 across six different venues in India - Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata. The 14th season of the IPL will be played inside a bio-bubble. The teams will play only at neutral venues to negate the home advantage due to limited venues in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, each team will only play at four venues, travelling only thrice in the process. Each venue across the country will have its own bio-secure environment and the players will have to undergo a seven-day quarantine period to join the bio-secure bubbles.
As per several media reports, 14 members in IPL Broadcast bio-bubble have tested positive for COVID-19, which may have an impact on the upcoming IPL 2021 as only three days are left for the tournament. With Mumbai becoming a hotbed for COVID-19 cases in the country, several stakeholders are in an uncomfortable position but the BCCI seems unmoved and will continue with Mumbai as a venue for the first phase of the IPL. As per BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, the IPL matches will be held as planned.
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Sri Lanka’s bio bubble explained
By Arundhati Ail
Sri Lanka is reopening to international tourists, with a great deal of care. You will need at least three COVID tests to start. And there's little room for serendipity—your movement for the first 14 days will be restricted and monitored, if not forbidden (details here ). This is part of the bio bubble in place for all tourists for now. There is buzz that flights from India will start soon. But while that happens, let's get you up to speed on what to expect when you arrive in the Emerald Isle.
What is a bio bubble?
A bio-bubble is typically an arrangement that limits the interaction of a person to only those who have tested clean for COVID. It's typically an arrangement for sportspersons or other large groups of people who arrive into a place. It could mean restrictions on movement, sometimes even within the hotel. And it almost always means regular COVID tests to make sure the integrity of the bubble is maintained.
Sri Lanka's bio bubble
As per the guidelines, here's how the bio-bubble will work:
Sri Lanka will put all visitors into a 14-day bio bubble.
They can stay at one of the 52 hotels that have been classified as Level 1 ‘Safe and Secure' (check the list here ) and visit a specific set of tourist attractions ( these ).
They can also visit sites that have been designated safe by the authorities, as long as they are escorted by a guide.
The tour operator will have to arrange independent transport for each group of tourists.
Their interactions with those outside the bubble will be restricted. They cannot meet other groups of tourists
Once the 14-day period has lapsed, and they clear another COVID test, travellers can move beyond the bubble and mingle with the locals.
How can you plan your travel within the bio bubble?
The bio bubble is not likely to spill water on your exciting travels in Sri Lanka. In fact, it has been created so you can travel more safely and with minimal risks. All you need to do is take a few extra steps to plan better:
Create a detailed itinerary with your guide or agency so they can share it with local health authorities in advance. This is mandatory.
Be sure to include any special arrangements, like stops for meals and bathroom breaks, so there are no surprises or unwanted issues when you travel
Make sure your travel agent has a thorough transport plan ready in advance, to convey to the required local authorities
Check the time slots that have been allocated for tourists at permitted sites, so as to avoid any confusion and maintain minimal interaction or contact with locals. You can find the sites and time slots here
Find everything you need to know about Sri Lanka's bio bubble and more here
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What is a Bio Bubble?
A bio-bubble is an invisible shield that is used to host sporting events during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In simple words, it is a safe and secure environment that can only be accessed by a certain set of people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus from one person to another during the course of the event.
- The bio-bubbles were initiated for sporting events such as India's tour of Australia, IPL, US Open and so on.
Where is a bio-secure environment created?
-The bio-secure environment can be parts of a hotel or stadium and the players are allowed to access only those parts to prevent any physical interaction with the outside world.
-At the US Open, the players could only travel from the hotel to the stadium and vice-versa.
-Under BioBubble different zones are created for players, match officials, staff members, hotel staff, security personnel and medical teams. All of them must remain in their allotted zones.
What happens if there is a Bio-bubble breach ?
-In case of breach of bio-bubble, the person will be isolated and would need to test negative twice before entering the bubble again.
How does a bio-secure bubble work?
-The bio-secure bubble aims at keeping the teams isolated from the outside world to minimise the risk of COVID-19 at the venue.
-The players are not allowed to meet their families, friends, and visitors during the course of the tournament and neither they are allowed to leave the bio-bubble to pay a visit to their families or friends.
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What is a bio-bubble in sports and how does it function? Here is an explainer
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the creation of bio-bubbles where players or teams are in a secure environment that does not have contact with the outside players.
The coronavirus pandemic has decimated countries, with the likes of USA, Brazil, India and many countries bearing the brunt. India, in particular, is in the middle of a devastating second wave. Every day, there are close to 4 lakh cases. At the same time, there is the Indian Premier League that is taking place. However, the players are safe as they are in the bio-bubble. What exactly is the bio-bubble? What is the functioning? How does each player get into the bio-bubble and what are the dynamics?
Here, we provide an explainer as to how bio-bubbles function. What are the sports that have included the concept of the bio-bubble ? All the information that one needs is provided here.
Why was the concept of a bio-bubble created?
The coronavirus pandemic had stopped all sporting actions. Players were at risk of infection if they continued to function according to the old normal. Thus, a ‘new normal’ had to be created. In this case, a bio-bubble environment was created so that sporting personalities can be at low risk of infection.
Which are the sports that have initiated the bio-bubble?
NBA, Cricket, Football and Tennis are the sports which have initiated the bio-bubble. This was created in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the world.
What exactly is the bio-bubble?
A bio-bubble is a sanitized area that can be accessed only by a certain set of people. Sports people, backroom support staff of the teams and other officials are the people that can get into the bio-bubble. In other exceptions, families of players and officials can also get access to the bio-bubble.
What location or landmark determines the bio-bubble?
When teams and players travel, they are put up in hotels. It is thus obvious that hotels are the default isolated space. If the distance from the bubble to the stadium is less, it is an added advantage.
What is the protocol before entering the bio-bubble?
Before every player enters the bio-bubble, they will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR Test. If they clear that, they will be regularly tested for COVID-19. Until the results of the test are not declared, they will have to stay in the rooms. No outsiders will be allowed at any point of time in the bubble.
What are the quarantine rules?
It depends on the Standard Operating Procedures set out by the Government or by the Boards of the respective countries. In Australia for example, players had to undergo a seven-day quarantine period. In India, it is the same.
Hold on, is there a concept of bubble to bubble transfer?
Yes, there is. In the UAE, when teams and players were there for the IPL, they were in a secure bio-bubble. When they had to go to Australia, they were being transferred from one bubble to another. This involved special chartered flights for players.
But, why was Rohit Sharma subject to a hard quarantine when he was in the IPL bubble?
This was a complicated one. Rohit Sharma was in the IPL 2020 bio-bubble but was injured. He did not fly directly to Australia. He was in the NCA for a month where he underwent treatment for a hamstring injury. Since he had come out of the bubble and was travelling to another bubble, he was considered an outsider. In Australia, the rule at that time was anyone entering the country had to undergo a mandatory 14-day hard quarantine.
What are the functioning of the bio-bubble?
Within the bio-bubble, there are certain designated points where teams can meet and cannot. Team meetings are conducted in a hall with adequate social distancing. If that permission is not given, then they will have to conduct team meetings by Zoom, Teams or other such devices. Players are not allowed to mingle or crowd about in the bio-bubble.
Different zones will be created for franchise team members, match officials, cricket operations teams, ground staff, broadcast teams, hotel staff and security personnel.
Every entity must remain in their allotted zones. Medical teams – including physio and masseurs units – are mandated to don PPE kits while coming in contact with the players. IPL teams staying in different hotels are advised to order food to their individual rooms and avoid common areas. Physical distancing and masks are a must, even while interacting with others within their bubble
Is there an element of technology involved?
According to an Indian Express report, each player is required to wear a Bluetooth band at all times. If the person comes to within two meters of someone, then the band flashes. In the US Open Tennis tournament, there was an RFID code in the Accreditation card. This was primarily used to contact trace individuals.
What are the names of the companies involved in building the bio-bubble?
In India, SenseGiz is the only company that has provided bio-bubble solutions to International tournaments. The Road Safety World Series and the India vs England Test series was managed by SenseGiz. During the England series against West Indies, UK-based Restrata had installed Bluetooth technology in stadiums to track and trace.
Does this impact players?
Yes, it does. The prolonged stay in the bio-bubble, cut off from the outside world for a period of three months does take a mental toll. There are several players who have withdrawn from tournaments due to bio-bubble fatigue.
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