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

July 21, 2021

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

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

The sports, arts and culture department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44872 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new definition on “bio-safe environment” is inserted.

It means 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”.

According to Direction 2, compliance officers of sport or recreational bodies have 72 hours from date of publication to submit a bio-safe environment proposal to the department.

If satisfied with the proposal, the department will issue a compliance letter.

Paragraph 2 of the Directions on gatherings is also amended.

Gatherings at political events, traditional council meetings, cinemas, theatres, casinos, museums, galleries, archives, libraries, conferencing, exhibitions and entertainment facilities are prohibited.

A new Regulation 24 also stipulates that any place or premises normally open to the public for religious, cultural, entertainment, recreational or similar activities is closed until 25 July 2021.

Paragraph 6D on control measures is amended to stipulate that alcohol cannot be consumed at all sporting events including parks and sports bodies must adjust the resumption time of matches to comply with the cut off time of 21h00.

The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.