Coronavirus crackdown hits social and sporting events – The Royal Gazette


Created: 22 Dec. 2021 10:40

Ernest Peets, Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport (file photo)

The size of groups allowed under the large group exemptions has been reduced and additional restrictions have been imposed on events already approved due to a rise in coronavirus infections.

At a Covid press conference yesterday, Ernest Peets, Minister for Youth, Culture and Sport, said amenities for large groups would be limited to groups of 100 for outdoor events or 50 for indoor events starting Thursday.

Events that mix indoors and outdoors will be limited to 50 people.

Dr Peets said: ‘This will apply to all future applications for the time being.

“Previously approved events can continue with their approved numbers, although we recommend that event organizers limit group sizes as much as possible.”

He added that exemptions approved earlier should respect the curfew and that events should end in time to allow people to return home before the curfew begins.

Dr Peets warned that people attending large events – even those approved before the crackdown – should provide a clear antigen test taken that day in addition to a valid SafeKey.

“For sporting events, this means spectators must produce both a SafeKey and an antigen test.

“For the sport group, made up of athletes and officials, the return to play testing framework will remain in effect as a requirement to train and compete.”

Dr Peets added: “The ministry recognizes that some large group events were approved prior to announcing these protocols. We are fully aware of the impact they can have on organisers.

“However, these precautions are key to keeping us all safe, and antigen testing allows hosts and attendees to practice personal responsibility and social solidarity to keep events safe.”

He said the government takes action when it receives reports from the public that an event did not follow SafeKey guidelines.

“I can assure you that the application team, when made aware of any failures related to the proper implementation of SafeKey, these situations are addressed immediately.

“But of course we need the public to be aware of what is required and when there are situations where it is not being implemented correctly, we are properly informed so that we can take the necessary action. .”

Dr Peets said the Covid-19 pandemic had severely affected cultural and sporting events over the past two years and it was “discouraging” to have to impose further restrictions.

“My ministry fully appreciates the health and social benefits of sport and culture and their importance.

“Nevertheless, we have to balance this with the country’s need to keep everyone safe.”

Further information on large group guidelines and conditions, including SafeKey requirements and guidelines for the number of participants, is available online at


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