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Covid-19 Operational Plan for Sports Under the Spotlight

June 17, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Sports bodies have 14 days to submit their operational plans in line with Directions published on 11 June 2020.

In a statement, the sports, arts and culture department confirmed that sports bodies are required to comply with the Directions and submit their plans in the prescribed manner.

Amendments to the Directions on the suspension of sport, arts and cultural events as measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19, published in Government Gazette 43434, allow for professional non-contact sports matches to take place in a stadium without spectators.

A list of non-contact sports bodies and codes allowed to train were included in the amended Directions.

The department specifies that written submissions must indicate the following:

• Details of the Sport Body/Organisation applying;
• Details of the Public Officer of the Sport Body/Organisation applying responsible for overall monitoring and reporting to government on mechanisms to be employed; and
• Details of the Safety Officer/COVID-19 Compliance Officer responsible for monitoring and implementation of Level 3 safety standards.

Included in applications must be a Covid-19 Operational Plan in line with Annexure C, a Covid-19 Travel Guide Personal Declaration Form and a Daily Screening Questionnaire.

The non-contact sport official resumption date and the list of top ten venues where matches are to take place must also be submitted.

The department points out that all professional non-contact sport bodies who intend resuming training and playing can also submit plans irrespective of whether or not they appear on Annexure A.

Submissions close on 26 June 2020.