A recently published Government Gazette will allow for the resumption of some sports in South African schools. The Gazette was approved and published by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.
According to the directive, the following sports will be allowed to resume and will be subject to strict social distancing and health protocols:
– Non-contact sport training
– Inter-school non-contact sport matches
– Non-contact sport-related activities
– Arts and culture school-based activities in schools
The number of spectators at sporting events, change rooms and training areas may not exceed a 50% capacity, and strict social distancing must be adhered to. Schools will also be limited in their inter-school capacities in the following ways:
– 250 persons or fewer, in the case of an indoor activity; and
– 500 or fewer, in the case of an outdoor activity;
– Provided that no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue is used with persons observing the social distancing requirements.
Other regulations that must be followed include the wearing of masks except when playing sports, and the provision of hand sanitisers. There should also be a register of all spectators.