PDC chairman Hearn hopes to bypass 14-day quarantine for foreign players ahead of season restart
The PDC have announced that the World Matchplay will be taking place on it's original dates and with news expected regarding the ProTour as well, the season restart is well underway.
But despite that, one of the obstacles that is in the way regards a mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign players. This means that if this is enforced, players would have to come over for at least a month at a time to play but this is something that the PDC hopes to avoid.
“Of course I have daily contact with the British government and sports minister and I tell them my story. I ask them for an exception for professional athletes. Not only darters, but also snooker players and Formula 1. Formula 1 has already received an exception, so they are on the right track, ”said PDC chairman Barry Hearn in an interview with RTL News .
“But what do we do when the athletes are indoors? We will develop the most advanced and safe method, as we have done with snooker," he continued. “We created a bubble there. Everyone is tested before entering and if you are negative you can go in and not out. Everything has been cleaned 72 hours in advance, so the entire building is safe. We hope the government recognises that this measure does not require quarantine."