Fans will have to wear face masks and keep a social distance as they flock to MA Chidamabaram Stadium for the second test between India and England, starting on February 13. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association on Monday announced the protocols for about 15,000 fans, who are on their way to watch the second test, which will deny entry to anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19. The match marks the return of spectators for an international match in India after the COVID-19 outbreak in March last year forced a complete cessation of sports activities. The first test is played without spectators.
“Conditions to be followed by spectators during the 2nd test match at MAC Stadium. Face mask, covering mouth and nose, is mandatory for entry to the stadium and to maintain social distance within the stadium grounds at all times,” TNCA said in a statement. a media release.
“Persons showing symptoms of COVID 19 such as fever, cough, cold, etc. will be denied entry to the stadium,” it added.
Authorities have also warned fans to refrain from racist behavior, adding that tough action will be taken against anyone who breaks the rules.
During the recent tour of Australia, some players from India were racially abused, which has also been confirmed by Cricket Australia.
Spectators are cautioned not to indulge in or engage in anti-racist, religious or political activities, abusive / insulting / unruly language in the stadium that may disrupt the game and such persons will be treated in accordance with the law.
“The authorities will take strict disciplinary action against any person who violates the Covid and security protocols.”
Objects such as binoculars, speakers, musical instruments are prohibited. Other prohibited items include ‘bags, jholas, briefcases, radios, laser pointers, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape recorders, recording devices, binoculars, remote controlled devices, flammable equipment, musical instruments, speakers, professional / video cameras among others.
The media, which was rejected for the opening test of the series, may also cover the second luminaire. During the second test, the stadium’s three stands – I, J and K – will also be opened to spectators for an international match for the first time since 2012.
The three stands were sealed after the 2011 World Cup due to various issues, depriving the city of the opportunity to host matches at various events, including the World T20 in 2016 and the IPL final in 2019.
An exception was made when the booths opened for an ODI between India and Pakistan in 2012.
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