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

August 4, 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 44924 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

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

It stipulates that a bio-safe environment 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”.

The Directions stipulate that the curfew is from 22h00 until 4h00, closing time for establishments such as cinemas, theatres, museums, public swimming pools, beaches, gyms and sports stadia is 21h00, outlines the protocol for gatherings, no consumption of alcohol at all sporting events including parks and the resumption time of sport matches must be adjusted to comply with the cut-off time of 21h00.

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

Meanwhile, the department recently updated parliament on the third phase of the Covid-19 Relief Fund.

In terms of arts, 5100 applications were received with R51 million paid out at R10 000 per beneficiary.

As regards sport, a total of R780 000 was paid out to individual applicants.