If indeed Sun City is used, strict measures may need to be followed to ensure that the location does not become a Covid-19 breeding ground.
We recommend some measures to assist in the safe resumption of football. These are:
Training and matches must take place without spectators and individuals must change at their residences;
players, coaches and all applicable personnel must wear face masks at all times;
Equipment must be regularly disinfected; and
Strict social distancing protocols must be observed for activity occurring off the field (that is, no team huddles)
Guidelines for hotels
Hotels must be booked exclusively for the team or exclusive floor/areas to prevent contact with other hotel guests;
One player/ staff member per room; and
Strict protocols relating to the consumption of food
Guidelines for organisational precautions in stadium
The stadium premises must be divided into three zones: the interior, the stands and the stadium exterior. Individuals will only be allowed access to certain zones;
No mascots or child escorts; and
Handshakes and group photos must be prohibited.
Our view is that the safe resumption of football is contingent on the task team's ability to provide creative measures that ensure football's safe resumption.
But can a player who expresses unwillingness to play be forced to in the light of Covid-19? This is a legal question that the task team, the PSL and the clubs may need expert legal advice on in considering.
This article was written by Karabo Tshabuse (associate and Fifa agent), Zawadi Dlamini (associate) and Tshepo Twala (candidate attorney) at Bowmans