Government amend COVID-19 regulations to allow spectators into sport venues.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has gazetted the amendment of Disaster Management Act regulations, to allow spectators at sports venue.
Amended on Sunday, the Minister in the gazette said the move comes after government eased lockdown restrictions following a drastic decline in COVID-19 infections in the country.
"The decrease in the number of infections, as well as consultations with relevant stakeholders, has prepared the path for recognised sporting bodies to host sporting events, including both professional and non-professional competitions, subject to strict adherence to the guidelines," said Dlamini Zuma.
Under the new regulations, as part of phase one towards fully reopening sporting activities, spectators at the venue of the sports events are permitted but limited to 750 persons or less for indoor venues and 2 000 persons or less for outdoor venues.
"If the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 505 of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.
"As we go out to sporting events to support our teams, let us do so recognising that COVID-19 is still with us. Let us unite in observing COVID-19 protocols by wearing masks, washing hands, and adhering to social distancing measures," she said.
With spectators now allowed to attend, the list of activities that are strictly prohibited has been shortened to include:
- Night vigils;
- After-funeral gatherings;
- Specified land borders remain closed;
- Any specified exclusions from the public transport and education sector, as mentioned by the respective ministers.
Under the adjusted lockdown level 1 restrictions introduced on 30 September, professional and non-professional sports events were allowed to take place; however, these activities were not open to spectators. Only journalists, production crew, and sports staff were previously allowed at the venues.