South African Sports Experience Prolonged Lockdown

The COVID-19 Lockdown in South Africa isn’t anticipated to end for sporting organizations, with this confirmation following after it was announced that standard restrictions would be lifted by May 1st. Sporting associations in South Africa compete on the international level, with the overwhelming majority of their opponents remaining under self-isolation conditions.

Additionally, the South African government isn’t permitting mass gatherings after the restrictions are lifted. That means attendees still wouldn’t be allowed at stadiums, prompting continued declines in profits. It should be mentioned that profit margins had fallen drastically since late March when the lockdown was initially implemented. Some outfits are expected to announce their closures, with five weeks of minimal profits seeing their reserve funds depleted.

Civilians located throughout South Africa were ordered to remain indoors after the novel coronavirus broke out nationwide. The exclusion of this temporary legislation is essential workers, like Doctors and Law Enforcement. When civilians broke social distancing measures to inquire liquor and tobacco, it prompted the immediate ban of these products. It’s the 1st time that the South African Government had banned alcohol, showing the severity behind social distancing. That means fans shouldn’t expect the government to waver with their mass gathering laws.

Mass Gathering Limitations

The South African Government has demanded that civilians obey the mass gathering laws, potentially facing criminal charges by refusing. This means that civilians exceeding a gathering past ten people will receive a substantial fine or possibly be sent to prison. Under these conditions, it’d be impossible for Football and Rugby Leagues to compete. This wouldn’t even allow their full lineups in one location.

The South African Premier Football League is taking the worst hit with these legislations. Soccer clubs in the SAPL are expressing that revenue losses are creating unsatisfactory conditions, prompting them to dip into reserve funds. Once these funds are depleted, bankruptcy ensues, and SAPL Outfits will be forced to shut down. The SAPL Corporate Division hasn’t been available for a response on this matter. It was expected that they’d create a reserve fund for Football Teams in the SAPL, with this never happening. Relief aid instead came from other governing associations in South Africa.