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School Sport Matches to Resume Without Spectators

April 26, 2021

Department of Basic Education

All school sport matches, which includes contact and non-contact sport, can resume but without spectators.

The basic education department published amended Directions on the re-opening of schools and measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 in the national department of basic education, all provincial departments of education, all education district offices and all schools in Government Gazette 44486.

The amended Directions were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new sub-direction (1) to Direction 11 stipulates that the matches can take place subject to compliance with hygiene and safety measures to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 and subject to compliance with social distancing measures pertaining to gatherings.

Other activities that can resume include physical education; extracurricular activities and inter-school, district, provincial and national school sport tournaments.

The amended Directions also stipulate that the number of persons, including participants, referees, adjudicators, technical officials, volunteers, medical team, media or broadcasting team, and stadium workers, permitted at a venue at any one time is limited to a maximum of 250 persons for indoor venues and 500 persons for outdoor venues.

Not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures, if a venue is too small to accommodate the specified numbers.

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