South African State President’s decree
Social distancing measures include:
Gathering of more than 100 people prohibited.
Celebrations of large national days cancelled.
Schools will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March and closed until after Easter weekend. To compensate mid-year school holidays will be shortened by a week.
14 March 2020: The postponing of the Super Rugby season for the foreseeable is perhaps a precursor for schoolboy rugby in South Africa.
The Department of Basic Education has provided schools with guidelines:
Tighter travel bans in New Zealand amidst growing fears over the spread of the Coronavirus sealed Super Rugby’s fate but it’s not necessarily going to play out in the same way or as suddenly in schoolboy rugby. It will come though. The preventing or discouraging of large gatherings is seen as an effective way to stop exposure to and the spread of the virus. The first part of the festival rugby season starts on Saturday 21 March 2020. If anyone is going to pull the plug, one would imagine it has to be done by Wednesday 18 March.
25 Feb 2020 – Coronavirus could derail part of the 2020 schoolboy rugby season
Events unfolding in Northern Italy this week where high profile professional soccer matches have been postponed in an effort to prevent the spread of the life threatening Coronavirus , is perhaps an early warning sign of a reality that South Africa will face in the coming weeks and months.
In organised communities, strict lockdown measures look like they are going to be the modus operandi to minimise the risk of the outbreak getting out of control.
One has to expect our local schools to monitor the situation very closely and act swiftly if need be. This serious approach could range from cancelling potential high attendance sports events to the extreme of sending students home for a period of time.
The new deadly virus, which originated last year in the Hubei province in China, causes a respiratory disease called Covid-19.