India tour of Australia: Berala and western Syndey residents have been barred from attending the Syndey Test at the SCG, starting on January 7, in light of the COVID-19 cluster in the area.
Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) hosting the 3rd T20I between India and Australia. (Reuters Photo)
- NSW health ministry bars residents from Berala in SCG for 3rd Test
- A fine of $1000 could be slapped on breach of restrictions
- The Pink Test in Sydney starts on January 7, series level at 1-1
The New South Wales health ministry has barred residents from Berala and surrounding western Sydney suburbs from attending the 3rd Test match between India and Australia at the SCG. Anyone coming from the aforementioned areas, containing the feared COVID-19 cluster, will be fined $1,000 if they step foot at the SCG during the 3rd Test.
The Pink Test in Sydney is scheduled to go ahead as was planned, from January 7, but the crowd capacity has been reduced from 50% to 25% due to the COVID-19 outbreak last month.
New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard has named Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe North, Regents Park and Rookwood as the western Syndey suburbs whose residents are banned from the SCG.
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“Ticket sales have gone in a way that is aimed at ensuring that people from particular suburbs around Berala do not acquire tickets. That’s for your sake and for our community’s sake. But I want to alert the community in those suburbs, if any of you think it’s still OK to come in with someone else who has got a ticket, or tickets, it won’t be OK,” Hazzard said on Tuesday, as quoted by The Guardian.
“Because there will be orders, health orders made, in the next 24 hours, that will enable NSW police to fine you $1,000 if you put foot inside the SCG. You must not, you must not come to the SCG, so just be aware of that.”
“At the moment, the public health advice is the high level of concern is focused on people coming from that area into the SCG. But look, it’s all under review every day,” he added.
India and Australia are currently level on 1-1 in the 4-match Test series with the 3rd and 4th Tests to be played in Sydney and Brisbane.