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Directions on Arts and Cultural Activities Drawn Up

July 7, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Directions on the resumption of contact and non-contact sport and the opening of places and premises for arts and cultural activities have been drawn up.

The sports, arts and culture department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43507.

According to the Directions, libraries, archives, museums and galleries can reopen.

Cinemas and theatres have also been given the green light to reopen subject to strict health protocols and social distancing.

A new paragraph 3 on scope and application is inserted.

It stipulates that the Directions apply to all sports confederations, national federations, clubs, professional leagues, sport bodies, galleries, archives, cinemas, museums, libraries and events relating thereto.

Contact sport training is allowed to resume without any spectators.

Paragraph 6G on resumption of non-contact sport stipulates that sports bodies must apply in writing for permission to resume training and matches.

The Directions also call for a COVID-19 ready Plan for non-contact sport for training and matches and contact sport for training only to be developed within 14 days after date of publication.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the department indicated that it will be engaging with the creative sector to further institutionalise the Beyond COVID-19 Sector Operations Framework while actively exploring the possibility of a second application process.

The updated list of beneficiaries and Digital applications (service providers) can be found on the department’s website (published 6 July 2020).