Only Vaccinated Fans Will be Allowed Entry To Stadiums, Says SAFA
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has finally agreed to allow soccer fans entry into stadiums to watch matches. New guidelines have been however set for those who want to attend games at stadiums due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
COVID-status spot-checks are being carried out at South African stadiums, so match-going fans must be prepared to show that they have been fully vaccinated.
SAFA National Executive Committee (NEC) member Poobie Govindasamy has confirmed that soccer fans will be allowed back into stadiums provided that Covid-19 protocols are followed.
If you are vaccinated and you can show proof that you have been vaccinated, then you will be allowed into the stadium.
Govindasamy has also indicated that even at airports, you must be able to produce Covid-19 negative test as proof in order to be allowed into a flight. SAFA, however, could not confirm whether the stadiums will be allowed to be at full capacity.
Earlier this week, President Ramaphosa confirmed that the maximum limit on outdoor gatherings had been increased to 2 000.
After more than a year-and-a-half of being locked out of stadiums, football fans will finally be allowed to watch a game in-person from next week. The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg is set to host a World Cup Qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Ethiopia, and vaccinated citizens will be granted free entry to the event.
Speaking at a launch in September 2021, the SAFA president Danny Jordaan said when we look at what happened in Europe.
Govindasamy said the decision behind allowing fans back into stadiums was also based on the livelihoods that were affected. The decision to allow fans into stadiums will not only apply to professional football but amateur football as well, said SAFA.
The big concerned as mentioned by Govindasamy is the reluctance of some people who said they have rights to refuse vaccination. SAFA reassured that if anyone wants to be involved in sport and events, they will have to vaccinate.
SAFA Executive members are said to be compelled to vaccinate in order to serve in the organisation. This is including ordinary staff members, who will also have to show proof that they are vaccinated.
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