Queensland sports fans could soon be cheering their teams from the stadium stands once more, with work underway to map a gradual reopening of venues.
Under Stage 2 restrictions, gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted in venues, with opportunities for greater capacities with a COVID Safe Site Specific Plan approved by Qld Health.
Stadiums Queensland Chief Executive Todd Harris said the organisation was working with clubs, codes and health authorities to facilitate a staged return to stadia.
“We know live sport is important for the fans, players and teams, as well as the staff and industries it supports, however it’s important we provide a safe environment for our fans, players and staff,” Mr Harris said.
“We would love to be able to get fans back in the next couple of weeks and expect we will look to move numbers in on a progressive basis week to week, in line with public health requirements,” he said.
“The finer details on how that will be achieved are being finalised and we are confident that we have a number of processes that can allow our venues to open safely to a select number of fans for upcoming matches.”
Suncorp Stadium General Manager Al Graham said a number of operational measures were being investigated to assist fans with social distancing.
“This could include staggered entry times, digital ticket scanning, reserved seating only, seating plans that maintain 1.5m distance between groups, cashless transactions and ‘click and collect’ food and beverage options,” Mr Graham said.
“This will be in addition to increased cleaning, sanitation, health signage and protective equipment for staff,” he said.
“We’ll also be requiring that individual contact details are provided for each ticket holder to enable tracing requirements if necessary and encouraging all patrons to download and use the COVID Safe App.”
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