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Directions to Combat Covid-19 in Sport, Arts and Culture Amended

July 8, 2021

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Directions to combat Covid-19 in sport, arts and culture have been amended.

The sports, arts and culture department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44811 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A bio-safe environment is described as a “safe and secure environment that can only be accessed by a certain set of people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to minimize the risk of transmission of the coronavirus from one person to another during the course of the event”.

Direction 2 is inserted stipulating that a compliance officer of a sport or recreational body must within 72 hours of publication of the amended Directions submit to the department a bio-safe environment proposal.

The proposal must be drawn up in strict compliance with health protocols and international best practice.

Amendments are also introduced to paragraph 2 of the Directions.

A new subparagraph (17) outlines the conditions under which professional and non-professional sports matches can take place.

Amendments also stipulate that spectators at sporting events are liable for a fine or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both fine and imprisonment; gatherings at cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, gyms and fitness centres are prohibited until 11 July 2021 after which the provision will be reviewed; no alcohol can be consumed at sporting events including parks and sports bodies must adjust resumption time of matches to comply with the cut off time of 20h00.

The amended Directions came into effect on 2 July 2021.