The Latest: British jockeys need masks when racing returns

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.

Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.

Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.

The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.

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The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.

Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.

The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak.

The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.

One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative.

The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.

Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.

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The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday.

While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.

There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12.

Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually.

Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.

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In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, a groom wearing a face mask leads a horse to the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials’ concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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