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School Sports To Return: Here Are The Covid-19 Compliance Rules

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Schools all over South Africa have had to adapt to the ‘new normal’ way of life in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. One aspect of school life that has been severely implicated was school sports. 

In the early parts of the pandemic, children were not allowed to participate in sports. Sports initially returned but was again suspended in March 2021, as all contact sports were prohibited with the hope of lowering the Covid-19 infection rate at schools.

Learners will now be able to participate in school sports but must comply with social distancing, hygiene and the observation of Covid-19 protocols. The rules listed below also apply to Arts and Culture activities.

Here are some of the rules that have been gazetted which must be followed by schools hosting sports and cultural events. 

  • Face masks must be worn at all time except when participating in training and matches accompanied by vigorous exercise 
  • Sufficient hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content must be available at all times
  • Players and officials must use hand sanitizer before matches begin and after matches have concluded
  • All sports equipment must be sanitized before and after events
  • The school hosting the event is responsible for the cleaning and sanitizing of the venue, tools and sports equipment
  • There must be facilities where hand washing with water and soap can take place
  • All windows and doors must be open 
  • Subject to the requirement of contact activity, social distancing must be maintained
  • People attending the events must wear a mask at all times 
  • The sharing of drinks and containers are not allowed 
  • A Covid-19 compliance officer must be appointed for each venue
  • Each entry point of a venue must be controlled with health and temperature screening required before warm-ups and events 
  • A person with a temperature of 38 degrees celsius must not be allowed into venues 
  • 750 people are allowed at indoor venues 
  • 2000 people will be allowed at outdoor venues
  • If the venue is to small to accommodate these numbers, then 50% of the capicy of the venue is allowed

Section 3 of the directive states, ‘the principal of a school, or an organiser of a venue, hosting an event or activity contemplated in this direction, who fails to comply with sub-direction 2(q) and the regulations, commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to a fine or imprisonment as contemplated in regulation 69(12) of the regulations

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