April 2022 2nd Edition

Play fair-score a jab

While there’s a lot of excitement as fans stream back to stadiums with President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announcing the end of the State of Disaster, only those who have been vaccinated or have a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours, may enter the stadium.

If you have not been vaccinated and don’t have a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours), if you can get vaccinated at the stadium and then enjoy the match live, says the Department of Health.

As fans return to stadiums, a series of precautionary measures and regulations have to be followed to ensure that all spectators are safe.

Guidelines for vaccinated spectators

  • Buy your ticket.
  • Bring your vaccination certificate and proof of ID to the stadium.
  • If you don’t have your vaccination certificate, download it before the game at https://vaccine.certificate.health.gov.za.
  • Social mobilisation teams will be on-site at the stadium to help you download your certificate on your cellphone. You need to bring the code you received after your vaccination.

Guidelines for unvaccinated spectators

  • Buy your ticket.
  • Bring the results of your negative PCR test with you. The test must not be older than 72 hours.
  • If you don’t have a negative PCR test, you can be vaccinated at the stadium.
  • If you need to be vaccinated, be at the stadium at least three hours before kick-off.
  • After your vaccination, you have to be observed at the vaccination station for 15 minutes.

All spectators must also ensure that they regularly wash their hands with soap or an alcohol-based sanitiser, and wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

Information supplied by the Department of Health.

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