Ind vs Aus 3rd Test & COVID-19 effect: 5 ways by which Australian govt have ensured SCG Test will be “COVID-19 safe”

Ind vs Aus 3rd Test & COVID-19 effect: After all the if’s and but’s the SCG Test between India will play Australia in Sydney starting January 7. The SCG’s hold on the third Test was in jeopardy by a COVID-19 outbreak which started in Sydney’s northern beaches and has since made its way to other parts of New South Wales.

In the efforts to keep the New Year Test “COVID-19 safe”, the NSW govt has devised several rules which have to be followed by fans.

Here are 5 rules which will be imposed during SCG Test:

Rule 1: Only 25% attendance people can attend each day?

The exact crowd number permittable remains unclear though, with reports varying from around 9,500 to as many as 12,000.

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Tickets for the match were refunded and then resold to reflect the change in capacity.

Rule 2: Fans to be fined if they are residents of Sydney Hotspot attending the match

Yes. On Tuesday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard gave power to the police to issue $1000 fine for Sydney hotspot residents if they attend the SCG Test. “There will be orders, health orders made, in the next 24 hours, that will enable NSW Police to fine you $1,000 if you set foot inside the SCG,” Mr Hazzard said.

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“You must not, you must not come to the SCG.”

Venues NSW chief executive Kerrie Mather said attendees should “be prepared to provide identification” to prove they are not from one of the banned suburbs.

Rule 3: Plans to avoid congregation during wet weather

The forecast for Sydney for the rest of the week has improved, with slight rain now only expected on Thursday. So, besides reducing the stadium capacity, Ms Mather has also asked people to “bring a poncho” if they prefer to stay in their seats.

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Ms Mather also said a “significant seat configuration plan that has been COVID-approved” will be in place for the match.

Rule 4: Mask not mandatory at the ground but “strongly recommended”

Although the organisers have not made it mandatory for fans to wear a mask, they have been “strongly encouraged” to wear masks as they move around the stadium.

“We encourage people to wear masks, not only for your safety but for the safety of people around you,” she said.

Rule 5: Public transports availability increased

There will be “double the amount of public transport relative to the number of footfall the day of the match. “You’ve got Central Station which is not very far down the road, in terms of heavy rail,” Ms Mather said.

“We’ve got the new light rail that started in March last year which serves significant points from Central right through to Randwick. And we have event public buses that run right through the day as well.”

Ms Mather also reiterated that masks are mandatory on public transport in Sydney.