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The third test of cricket between Australia and India will take place in Sydney despite growing COVID-19 clusters and strict new rules around social gatherings.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian implemented new restrictions in the last 24 hours, including outdoor gatherings limited to 30 people.

But Ms. Berejiklian stood firm in the decision to allow a 50 percent capacity attendance at the traditional New Year’s Test, which begins on January 7.

Cricket Australia expects a minimum of 19,000 people to attend each day.

“We support our decision to make sure we can run safe COVID events and as Dr. Chant said, if we need to re-evaluate some of the settings, some of the health settings update our advice, update our compliance measures update COVID plan security, we will not hesitate to do so, “said Ms. Berejiklian.

“If we have the opportunity to run events that are safe for COVD, we should also continue that because at the end of the day, what is at stake?

Sydney Cricket Ground crowds during a test match between Australia and South Africa. The SCG test will continue with fewer crowds as the COVID-19 cluster expands in Sydney. (Dean Sewell)

“Yes, community safety always comes first, but we also have to keep jobs running, we don’t want to see more people out of work and we want to make sure we try to have a sense of normalcy and if we can do it in a safe way, we should “.

NSW Health Director Dr. Kerry Chant said they would monitor the situation.

“And the situation changes so quickly,” he said.

“I don’t think we were ever afraid to change our advice or put additional controls where necessary.

“So we are very interested in working with the SCG, to make sure that the COVID safety plans are solid. But also, if the situation evolves and we are more concerned about community transmission, then we will take the appropriate (steps). and Provide appropriate advice to the government.

“It is very clear that this is an evolving situation and we will update our advice accordingly.”

Should the SCG host the third test given the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney?

Speaking at her daily press conference, Ms Berejiklian said that while it was nice to see the number of cases drop, the situation remains “very volatile.”

He stressed the importance of wearing masks in closed public places.

“What is really important is that we all do everything we can to reduce our mobility, reduce the number of people that you are mingling with to make sure we adhere to the rules of the health advice that has been provided,” he said.

Labor calls for crowds to be banned from SCG

New South Wales Deputy Leader Jodi Mckay is urging Premier Gladys Berejiklian to ban the crowds from the test.

Ms. McKay said that allowing 24,000 spectators to enter the SCG is “opening it up to trouble.”

“People will stand up, cheer on their team, shout from the sidelines, no matter what the government says and what COVID-Safe plan is in place, people will carry out activities or actions that can speed up transmission,” he said.

“Avoid the risk, we have no regrets. Twenty-four thousand people do not need to go to cricket, they can watch from the comfort of their home.

“We shouldn’t have a crowd there, we should hold the test here, but we shouldn’t have people attend, especially when we have groups where the broadcast is unknown.”

Ms McKay also called for the wearing of masks to be mandatory throughout Sydney “in certain places”.

She said she was “puzzled” why the order had not yet been issued in places of worship, in shopping malls and on public transport.

“It is uncomfortable to wear a mask, I understand that, but I think it is important that if the masks can reduce the risk of transmission, we are doing everything we can,” he said.

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Call for a bigger blockade of Sydney

The president of the Western Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller, is among those pushing for stricter restrictions in New South Wales.

“It wouldn’t be going too far to lock Sydney up right now until you have this under control,” Dr. Miller told Today.

“Sydney may have the best contact tracing in the country. But that’s an incredibly difficult task when you have this many people and they’re on the move.

“Health authorities expected an increase in COVID-19 cases in the days after Christmas and in the new year.”

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