ARC 3 and Zeus FC 5 postponed due to spike in Covid-19 cases
With South Korea on high alert due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, all mixed martial arts organizations will need to follow government guidelines and postpone their events in the coming weeks.
Road FC announced on Saturday that ARC 3 will not commence on August 29th and is postponed until further notice. CEO Kim Dae Hwan stated via a press release,
“A large number of coronavirus cases have been confirmed all over the country, as well as Seoul, the location of ARC 3. After consulting with Afreeca TV, I decided to postpone the competition. We will observe the situation carefully and reschedule the event at a later date.”
One week later, on September 6th, Zeus FC 5 was to be held in Chungju. The promotion revealed via their YouTube channel that the show will be rescheduled as well.
Since mid-August, the number of new cases in the country has been in the triple digits. New infections have been reported from all over the country, with most cases concentrated in the Seoul metropolitan area and its suburbs.
According to The Korea Times, the country has had 17,665 total cases with 309 deaths as of Monday, August 24th.
With numbers continuing to grow, the government immediately sprang into action and implemented Level 2 social distancing protocol throughout the nation starting last Sunday.
Indoor meetings of more than 50 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 100 individuals are banned. High-risk areas such as PC rooms, clubs, karaoke rooms, and buffets have been ordered to close its doors until further notice.
Starting Monday, masks must be worn at all times in public unless eating or drinking. These are the toughest restrictions implemented since the first case was reported in late January.