NSW has officially recorded zero locally-transmitted COVID cases today, and although two cases were found outside the reporting period, it’s a huge improvement from last week.
So with only days to go from the third Test against India, Cricket Australia and Venues NSW have given into pressure to slash the crowd capacity to only 25%.
It means that around 10,000 fans will be able to attend each day, with nobody from COVID hotspots.
SCG hosts have urged that their COVID-safe plans are tried and tested.
Monday night on The Project, Kerrie Mather, Venues NSW CEO claimed that, “We’ve hosted more than 20 events during the COVID period and welcomed more than 150,000 people through our gates without a single incident of transmission.”
However, it wasn’t a statement that sat well with The Project co-host Steve Price.
“Well, good luck with that. You’re going to let people go to the cricket. I think they should have no one at the Test Match. Play the Test for the broadcasters, but that’s madness having a crowd in there.”
Lisa agreed, “I think there is a few who agree with you, Pricey,” later welcoming acting NSW Premier John Barilaro to the show to discuss.
Mr. Barilaro revealed in a press conference Monday morning that, “There are zero locally acquired cases in New South Wales today.”
However there is concern there are other cases that have not been detected in NSW.
Appearing on The Project to discuss the matter, host Lisa Wilkinson said that 10,000 people in a venue is still quite risky.
“Look, we said from the outset that we would be working through our health officials with the SCG and Cricket Australia and to find the final outcome and we’ve had some spikes in an area of Sydney that bothers us and that worries us. We have decided to work with the SCG Trust and we will work to see if there is any movement after that.,” said Barilaro.
He continued: “The SCG have held 20 events over the COVID period. 150,000 spectators have gone through including the Big Bash. We can do this in a safe way, but we will continue to monitor and make decisions. We’re confident we can put on a Test.”