Latest health order to ban suburbs around the cluster of Berala.
It is uncertain if the order would also impact other sporting activities.
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Residents of Berala and neighboring western Sydney suburbs were warned that if they “set foot in the SCG” during Australia’s third test match against India, they would be fined $1,000. As expected on Thursday, the Sydney Test will go ahead, while crowd capacity has been reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent . On Tuesday, however, New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he intends to sign a public health order banning people from suburbs affected by the Berala Covid-19 cluster. Crowd capacity for SCG tests between Australia and India decreased to 25 percent. “He listed Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe North, Regents Park and Rookwood as the ban affected suburbs, saying, “The ticketing process has gone to ensure that people do not buy tickets from those suburbs around Berala.” “This is for our community’s sake and for our sake,” Hazzard said. “This is for your sake. “But I want to warn the community in those suburbs, if any of you think it’s still OK to come in with someone who has a ticket or tickets, that’s not going to be OK. “And there will be orders, health orders, made in the next 24 hours that will allow NSW Police to fine you $1,000 if you set foot in the SCG,” Hazzard said. “You’re not allowed, you’re not allowed to come to the SCG, so just be awarded. Do not go to the cricket pic.twitter.com/wpetcIJ6sY- casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) on January 5, 2021 if you are from the suburb of Rookwood.
All remaining public tickets went on sale at noon on Tuesday. Hazzard was unsure whether the new public order would extend to other sporting activities, as the seasons of the A-League, W-League and Big Bash League are all already underway. 4,538 went to Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday for the home game of Macarthur FC against Central Coast, and 5,273 came to Central Coast Stadium last Friday for the ho ho Mariners’ ho
The Jets declared a 50 percent limit at the 33,000-capacity McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday for Friday’s W-League double-header against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, respectively, in response to the threat of public health orders. Later in January, the SCG will host three BBL games.
Hazzard thought it was unlikely that the capacity reduction would be reversed from 50 percent to 25 percent, while Acting Prime Minister John Barilaro said the safety rules of Covid in the SCG might change, based on case numbers, “by the first ball,”
He also advised individuals from regional parts of NSW not to travel to Sydney for the match. The government has come under fire from the Australian Medical Association for encouraging crowds to attend the Sydney Test in the first place. Barilaro said adequate transportation will be required to supply the stadium at 50 percent capacity to promote social distancing.