Covid-19: Nathi Mthethwa gives sports green light but no matches

Covid-19: Nathi Mthethwa gives sports green light but no matches

- Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa announced the resumption of non-contact sports training

- Stadiums would remain closed and social distancing must be maintained

- All athletes and staff would have to be tested before they can resume work and training

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Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa has given South Africa the latest news on the regulations for lockdown level 3 in relation to sports, arts and culture.

He started the briefing with statistics about funding related to arts and culture, 470 sports applications were received, 170 were declined and 296 were approved.

Among the new regulations he announced, was the resumption of non-contact sports without spectators, however, social distancing would have to be maintained. Stadiums will not yet be allowed to host events. learned that sports managers must draw up a risk assessment for athletes and they must be tested before can resume work.

Sports that fall under non-contact sports include tennis, crickets and golf. However, massages will not be allowed or physiotherapy. The sharing of water bottles will be prohibited.

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Contact sports could resume but no matches would be allowed, only training.

Surfing and water sports are still under discussion as to when they will be permitted to resume, there are concerns about Covid-19 transmission through water.

In other news, reported that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has not put a dampener on the plans to relax the alcohol ban in South Africa.

After two months under strict Covid-19 national lockdown, the minister confirmed that citizens will soon be free to purchase their favourite alcoholic beverages.

Speaking during a media briefing on the migration to Level 3 lockdown, set to come into effect on 1 June, Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that citizens may now purchase liquor between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

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