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Government approves return of vaccinated fans to sports events

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

THE government through the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has announced that fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to attend live sporting events for all sporting codes in another major relaxation of Covid-19 regulations, which have been in place since March last year.

Yesterday’s announcement came a week after the SRC initially allowed a limited number of fans to specific sporting codes such as local topflight football, international cricket matches, local rugby competitions, motorsport and equestrian competitions.

“The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) is pleased to advise that upon further engagements and consultations, approval has been granted to allow spectators during sporting events,” the SRC said in a statement yesterday.

The announcement does stipulate strict adherence to the guidelines. Spectators at sports events are permitted but limited to 30% sitting capacity for events held in stadia and a maximum of 250 fully vaccinated spectators for outdoor venues.

“All health protocols and social distancing measures remain in place. The approval is subject to the following general conditions,” the local sport regulatory body said.

Other conditions include “standard zoning of the stadia/venue to separate the players, technical staff and others in the teams’ bio-secure bubbles.

Spectators should also be “evenly distributed” in the grounds while allocation of spectators to respective bays -zones will have to be “arranged prior to the match and advised to all admitted persons”.

The return of fans is a major boost, especially for some football clubs, which had been denied a vital source of income from gate takings.

Zimbabwe’s domestic top flight football league is set to return after a nearly two year absence due to Covid-19 disruptions.

The Premier Soccer League announced last Friday that the league – which normally runs from March to December – will return on November 6 and run well into 2022.

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