IEM Katowice 2020 playoffs will not have an audience due to coronavirus concerns
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ESL has announced that the IEM Katowice 2020 playoffs would no longer have a live audience due to coronavirus concerns.
Here is the direct statement from ESL:
At 19:54 CET we were informed by the Silesian Voivodeship that our mass event license for IEM Katowice was revoked. Until that moment we had a legally binding decision allowing us to organize the event, which was reconfirmed multiple times over the last few days. The last time the decision was confirmed was several hours ago. The Governor of Silesian (Silesian Voivode) Jaroslaw Wieczorek issued a decision to remove their approval regarding ESL hosting a mass event in Katowice, Poland. Due to this development, Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020 will not have any audience on-site.
ESL respects this decision from the local authorities and is currently working on reaching out to all ticket holders, guests, and media. Tickets will be fully refunded. The tournament will be conducted and broadcasted as planned, but without any additional visitors on-site. We are deeply sorry for all fans and players.
ESL stated on Wednesday that the venue would implement mandatory health screenings for every member of the audience that attended the event at the doors of the Spodek. But on Thursday, ESL was informed that their mass event license for IEM Katowice 2020 had been revoked. ESL has stated that they will be refunding all tickets for the event.