SA Rugby, for example, has already welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that stadiums will be allowed to accommodate up to 50 per cent of their capacity for vaccinated or COVID-19 negative participants from today (Wednesday 23 March).
The change in regulations means the requirement that only 2,000 vaccinated fans can enter venues has been relaxed for the United Rugby Championship and Currie Cup henceforth.
It has been two years and a week today since South Africa’s rugby venues were last able to accommodate unrestricted audiences, but the overhaul of the existing regulations has been welcomed by SA Rugby.
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“It’s a huge relief for our sport,” said Mark Alexander, President of South African Rugby Union.
“These have been two incredibly tough years for our teams and we are delighted to welcome more people back to the stadiums for all levels of the game, from the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and Carling Currie Cup through to club level.
“We have seen in the reactions to the Rugby World Cup Sevens ticket launch in Cape Town in September that there is an appetite to once again share great rugby events with our friends and family.
“We have six Springbok friendlies across the country to look forward to starting in July and it will be great to see the Boks playing in front of a real crowd in South Africa for the first time since 2019.”
Mr Alexander said Rugby will continue to comply with the necessary protocols in place for attending venues in relation to public health and safety.
“We are very grateful for the good news from President Cyril Ramaphosa tonight,” he said. “Rugby remains in intensive care while we fight for sustainability, but now there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.”
the springbok start their season with three friendly series against Wales, starting on July 2nd at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
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