Fully vaccinated fans allowed to attend adult rugby matches in SA

Fully vaccinated fans allowed to attend adult rugby matches in SA

Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)


Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

  • SA Rugby has announced that fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to return to club and
    professional matches.
  • A maximum of 2 000 spectators
    will be permitted entry to rugby venues.
  • This does however not extend to school rugby
    matches.

SA Rugby has advised its member
unions that fully vaccinated supporters will be allowed to return to club and
professional rugby matches – within the limits announced earlier this week by
the sports minister – and while observing the prevailing
health guidelines.

A maximum of 2 000 spectators
will be permitted entry to rugby venues following the gazetting of new
regulations by Nathi Mthethwa, although this does not extend to school rugby
matches, which fall under the auspices of the Department of Basic Education.

SA Rugby said in a statement on Wednesday it would “provide guidelines
to assist with the management and implementation of the entry protocols to
ensure the safe return of fans”
.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said
that the governing body was in full support of government’s drive to accelerate
mass vaccinations, thereby allowing society to return to normality while
ensuring that rugby was not the cause of the further spreading of the coronavirus.

“This is very welcome news and the first step
to returning to having the freedom to sell out venues on special occasions once
again,” Roux said.

“It is 19 months since a fan was last allowed
in a rugby stadium and this is the light at the end of the tunnel that our
sport has desperately needed.

“We trust that this initial allowance will
increase speedily as the impact of the vaccination programme and the experience
in other territories points to a further relaxation of restrictions.”

SA Rugby added that provincial unions would be
responsible for ensuring that the union, clubs and their affiliated bodies
adhere strictly to the directions stipulated in the Government Gazette.

The first senior professional
rugby event to receive crowds in South Africa since the lockdown began in March
2020 is likely to be the Champions Match at
Loftus Versfeld on 6 November.

In this game, Kenya will meet the Champion Team consisting of players selected by fans from any of South Africa’s seven Currie Cup Premier Division teams.


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