Volunteers at the UEFA EURO 2020 in St. Petersburg are not only creating a festive atmosphere in the city helping visitors and the organizers but also reminding everyone to take precautions, pointed out the participants at a news conference held at the Host City Media Center.
"Volunteers have become ambassadors showing people the right way to wear masks and reminding everyone that anti-coronavirus measures must be observed," said Georgy Borisov, director of the UEFA EURO 2020 City Volunteer Training Center.
Borisov added that all the volunteers were trained to work under conditions of the coronavirus. All volunteers at various facilities take weekly PCR tests.
In total, there are 1,200 volunteers at various venues throughout St. Petersburg: they welcome fans and tourists at the Moscow Railway Station, Pulkovo Airport and several other stations, and help them to figure out how the shuttle system and the Host City Media Center works. Volunteers are also stationed at the Football Park in the Yubileiny Sports Palace and the Fan Festival on Konyushennaya Square. Soon, they will also be giving a helping hand in the fan zone on Palace Square.
According to UEFA EURO 2020 Volunteer Program Director Alexander Maksimov, above all the organizing committee's volunteers focus on helping EURO 2020 visitors and organizers at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The northern capital was among the few host cities to invite foreign volunteers, too.
"Now there are 270 volunteers from other cities and 30 foreigners who came from 13 countries, including Venezuela, US, and Egypt, working with us at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The youngest EURO 2020 volunteer is only 16 years old, and the oldest is 75 years old," Maksimov said.
Katya Ivanchikova IOWA, Ambassador of UEFA EURO 2020 in St. Petersburg City Volunteer Program, said that her job at EURO 2020 was to create a festive atmosphere and she added that there would be a surprise concert for the volunteers.
"It is a great honor for me to be the UEFA EURO 2020 ambassador. It is such a thrilling thing to be a part of this huge celebration, and to spread joy around with the volunteers, and also to help people. Plus, I like football a lot: this is a sport that unites cities and countries all over the world. This is why I decided to dedicate a whole month of my life to St. Petersburg and EURO 2020. Well, and it's far too soon to reveal what that surprise I just mentioned will be," Ivanchikova said.