Masks compulsory for SCG crowd with only TWO exceptions to the rule

Masks have become mandatory for cricket fans attending the SCG Test after the MCG was listed as a potential COVID-19 exposure site.

The risk involved with supporters flocking to a major sporting event was laid bare on Wednesday when the Victorian government revealed a man infected with coronavirus attended day two of the second Test.

The SCG still has a green light to be at 25 percent capacity on Thursday, when approximately 10,000 fans will attend the start of the third Test.

But NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, having debriefed with Victorian counterpart Martin Foley on several occasions during Wednesday morning, admitted the MCG case is “obviously influencing our thinking”.

Masks, having previously been strongly recommended for anybody sitting in the SCG stands this week, are now mandatory for attendees.

“The only exception to that is if you’re eating or drinking,” Hazzard said.

“There will be fines imposed on those who don’t wear a mask.”

“We were trying to not impose that requirement.

“Because people are sitting there – and in some cases for many, many hours.

“The evidence that’s come off this morning from the Victorian situation is such that the public health officials were of the view we need to step it up to that higher level.”

The NSW government announced on Tuesday that anybody based in a COVID-19 hotspot will be fined $1000 if they attempt to attend the SCG Test.

Wentworthville and Belmore were on Wednesday added to the do-not-attend blacklist, joining Berala and nearby suburbs.

Any person that sat in zone five of the MCG’s Great Southern Stand is also now banned from attending the SCG Test.

“The orders that will be made today, the health orders, will impose a $1000 fine on any person who was in that location and seeks to come to the SCG,” Hazzard said.

The Australian Medical Association led calls for the third Test to be played in front of no fans because of the risk it poses as a potential coronavirus super-spreading event.

Test skipper Tim Paine, who has the most important job in the country according to cricket tragic John Howard, was content for there to be a crowd.

“I don’t have a medical background,” Paine told reporters.


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