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Motshekga: Spectators Allowed Back At School Sporting Events

Schools sports to alllow spectators

Fans of school sport will celebrate after an announcement that amendments will be made which will allow spectators at school sport activities.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has issued directives when amending the Disaster Management Act to ensure that parents will be able to attend school sporting events.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, believes that by allowing parents to attend their children's school sporting events, they will be playing a role in the development and growth of their children. 

She said, “Parents were quite at pains that when there are sporting activities, they drop their kids they can't really be spectators or only one parent is allowed so again we've had to look at that to allow parents to be part of their children's development growth and also be able to be spectators in the sporting activities which are permissible”.

Minister Motshekga explained that the regulations that will govern attendance at school sport and cultural events fall below the general rules for attendance at gatherings

The last regulations around the attendance of spectators at events were published in December 2021.

Here are the rules regarding the attendance of sporting events. 

  • Indoor sports venues can have a maximum of 750 people in attendance;
  • Outdoor sports venues can have a maximum of 2,000 people in attendance;
  • If a venue is too small to accommodate these maximum limits, the limit is at 50% of that venue’s capacity.

Every person attending a venue where a sport or cultural activity is taking place must…

Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID-19 must-

(a) wear a face mask;

(b) adhere to all health protocols;

(c) maintain a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other;

An owner or operator of a sporting facility or an organiser of a sporting event must ensure compliance with the limitation on the number of persons attending such a gathering contemplated in subregulation (10)(b).

If the owner of a sporting felicity or the organiser of the event does not comply with the regulations and are found to have committed an offense, they may be liable for a fine or a prison sentence not exceeding six months. 

If an enforcement office, who is incharge of monentiring Covid-19 compliance at an event, see's non-compliance he or she may order people to disperse from the venue. If the person refuses, they can be fined or jailed. 

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