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Visitors wearing face masks stand near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus at National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Just days after South Korean officials hopefully declared the countrys COVID-19 epidemic was coming under control, health authorities reported dozens of new cases following a dual rise in local transmissions and imported infections. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday under a phased process planned by health authorities to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

Officials said Friday that spectators can begin attending professional soccer games matches Aug. 1. However, professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August.

Teams initially will be allowed to sell tickets for only 10% of the seats. Fans will be screened for fevers and required to sit apart and to wear masks. They will be banned from eating food and drinking beer, and discouraged from excessive shouting, singing and cheering.

South Korea’s baseball and soccer leagues returned to action in May without fans in the stands.

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