100% Capacity crowd would be allowed at the MCG grounds for the Boxing Day test after the Victorian government announced that relaxation of all COVID-19 Crowd restrictions on Thursday as the state is about to reach its vaccination targets.
The vaccination rates in victoria for people over the age of 12 years are about to reach the 90% mark. Earlier the state government has stated that only 80% of crowds will be allowed for the third Ashes test match but now with the vaccination rates reaching 90%, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews declared that there will be no limits on the number of people to head to the MCG on the Boxing day.
“There are no more caps, there are no more quotients, no more rules in terms of how many people can be in different spaces,” Andrews said in Melbourne on Thursday.
“Whether it’s 100,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day or a smaller group standing up at the public bar of their local pub having a beer, this is the COVID normal that every Victorian has built.”
However, people have to be fully vaccinated in order to get entry into the MCG for the test match. On the contrary, Western Australia’s borders remain closed to NSW & Victoria & to internationals due to Western Australia’s slow vaccination rates & there is still no confirmation on the Perth test. The Western Australia government expressed their intentions to host the Perth Test but conversations are still ongoing between WA Health, WA Police, and Cricket Australia.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Nick Hockley said that he is confident that the fifth test of the Ashes series will be played in Perth.
“There’s still a fair amount of detail to be worked through,” Hockley said. “We’re doing that as the moment as a priority. The arrangements that will be put in place, are very complicated, there’s a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. We’re not quite there yet in finalizing all the plans but certainly making a huge amount of progress. Certainly, we’re working towards it happening”, Hockley added.
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