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‘Modest modifications’ possible but crowds confirmed for New Year’s Test

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Health Minister Brad Hazzard has dismissed concerns the New Year’s Test will act as a super-spreader event, confirming cricket fans will still be allowed to attend.

Mr Hazzard told John Stanley Cricket Australia are continually updating their COVID-safe plan in consultation with health authorities.

“The public health team have always maintained … that outdoor events – ticketed, seated – are amongst the safest possible ways of people being in each other’s company.

“I think at this point we would safely say that that … the third Test will go ahead.

“Depending on how we’re tracking in the next week, there may or may not be some modest modifications.

“People have to take some personal responsibility. The government can only do so much.”

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SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd told Joe Hildebrand the venue has set up extensive protocols to prevent transmission of coronavirus. 

Every person entering the stadium must check-in with a QR code and nobody with a residential address from a designated hotspot will be allowed in.

“Each of our stands … are self contained and people can’t move between them and we can control the flow of people in and out of the stadium.

Mr Shepherd said food and drink handling and lines will also be managed to ensure social distancing.

“We’ve got a whole lot of things we’re doing to make sure person to person contact doesn’t occur.

“Stadiums have been open with restricted crowds and we haven’t had a single case of transmission between people because of the protocols put in place.”

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Image: Nine News, Getty

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