SafeKey and antigen testing no longer required to attend football matches – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: February 07, 2022 08:06

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Spectators will no longer have to provide a verified SafeKey or negative antigen test to attend football games, the Bermuda Football Association has announced.

“Changes were announced today at Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] Regulations 2021,” read a BFA statement.

“The Bermuda Football Association would like to advise that spectators are no longer required to have a verified SafeKey or a negative antigen test on the day of the event to enter matches.”

The announcement of the association comes after the relaxation of health restrictions linked to Covid-19, which came into force yesterday.

However, Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, stressed that the wearing of masks should remain in force, especially indoors, after April 1.

The latest spike in coronavirus cases has prompted the government to impose new restrictions at sporting events, including additional protocols for large group exemptions and spectators being required to present a negative antigen test for access .

Before the tightening of restrictions and safety protocols, players and officials had to undergo an antigen test before kick-off, with strict separation of players, officials and spectators.

They also had to be on the pitch at least two hours before games started.

The amended protocols will come into effect from today as league action resumes with Somerset leaders Dandy Town at Somerset Cricket Club (3pm).

Tomorrow, Southampton Rangers take on Robin Hood in a crucial match at Southampton Oval between two relegation-battling sides.

Hood is a place above the relegation zone which will see three teams relegated at the end of the season in order to reduce the Premier Division to ten teams.

Hood, who battled to a 1-1 draw with Somerset in midweek, are three points clear of the drop zone, seven ahead of Southampton whose survival hopes are slowly fading as they are awaiting a decision on last weekend’s abandoned game with X-Roads.

Rangers players walked off in 75th-minute protest in a hotly contested incident which also saw two Rangers players sent off for foul and abusive language after a Dion Stovell goal after a restart was disallowed because that the referee had not whistled to restart the Game.

X-Roads will host North Village at Garrison Field while second-placed PHC Zebras take on bottom-team Somerset Eagles at PHC Field.

St George’s will make a second trip to Devonshire Rec in three days when they meet the Cougars in a 6.30pm kick-off, having drawn with fellow Devonshire side the Colts on Thursday night at a a catch-up game.

In the Premier League, high meets low when leaders Hamilton Parish travel to Southampton Oval to take on Paget – one team unbeaten and the other winless.

The Young Men’s Social Club are lucky enough to reclaim second place on BAA which has a weekend off, as they meet second from bottom Vasco at Police Field. Ireland Rangers host Wolves at Malabar Field while the Boulevard-St David’s match has been postponed to Tuesday night at Goose Gosling Field (8pm).

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