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The NSW Government have announced that major sporting events at selected Sydney stadiums will be able to increase their capacity from October 1.
Based on updated health advice, Stadium Australia and Bankwest Stadium will be able to host ticketed, seated-only events with crowds increasing from 25 to 50 per cent capacity.
The SCG has also provided detailed plans and these are currently being reviewed by NSW Health.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision follows updated health advice from Dr Kerry Chant and will help create jobs and stimulate the economy. These are key goals highlighted in the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
“Our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of NSW, however, it is no secret we’re also focused on firing up the economy,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Safely allowing more fans at in-demand major sporting events will bring enjoyment, employment and help stimulate the NSW economy.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the detailed COVIDSafe plans will ensure spectators are kept as safe as possible while attending stadiums.
“NSW Health has worked closely with other government agencies to review the COVID safety plans,” Dr Chant said.
Updated COVIDSafe protocols for the stadiums will mean spectators will have increased expectations when attending events, while still abiding by the one person per 4-metre square rule.
Spectators will be expected to wear a mask when not seated. They will also sit in separate zones with different entry and exit zones, different hospitality areas and amenities to assist with contact tracing.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the recently established Events Taskforce had worked hard to reach an outcome which would allow as many people as possible to support live sport.
“There is nothing like the enthusiasm of the crowd at a major sporting event and, after a winter of hibernation, the people of NSW are more ready than ever to go and see their team in action in a safe environment.”