Sydney cricket test match crowds are cut in half to just 10,000 fans a day amid COVID-19 concerns

The SCG will be reduced to 25 per cent crowd capacity for this week’s cricket Test as acting NSW Premier John Barilaro urges regional NSW residents to reconsider attending the match.

Cricket Australia and the SCG Trust have announced the change amid growing unease about Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak.

The new settings for the third Test against India are expected to allow for about 10,000 fans each day, down from the previous figure of about 20,000.

Crowds for this week's cricket test at the SCG (pictured above) have been reduced from to just 10,000 fans per day, down from the previous figure of 20,000

Crowds for this week’s cricket test at the SCG (pictured above) have been reduced from to just 10,000 fans per day, down from the previous figure of 20,000

Fans celebrate as Australia' Mitchell Swepson catches out India's Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Adam Zampa at the Second Twenty20 International on December 6

Fans celebrate as Australia’ Mitchell Swepson catches out India’s Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Adam Zampa at the Second Twenty20 International on December 6 

The Australian Medical Association has led calls for the SCG Test to be played in front of empty stands because of the risk it could be a virus super-spreading event.

Refunds will be processed from Monday as CA hastily reconfigures the iconic venue’s seating ahead of the opening day on Thursday.

‘We are working closely with Venues NSW and NSW Health to put appropriate biosecurity measures in place for our staff, players, match officials, broadcasters and fans to ensure we play the third Test at the SCG safely,’ CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.

‘Reducing the capacity of the venue is crucial in achieving social distancing requirements.’

Crowd numbers have been reduced in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Pictured: Fans during the BBL Cricket Final in February

Crowd numbers have been reduced in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Pictured: Fans during the BBL Cricket Final in February  

The NSW government reported zero new cases of Covid-19 community transmission on Monday.

However, Barilaro cautioned that two new cases will be part of Tuesday’s numbers and that testing numbers are ‘far too low’.

The NSW Nationals Leader also argued that NSW residents from regional areas should ‘reconsider their visit’ to the SCG Test.

‘Maybe this year isn’t the year to come to Sydney to watch the Test,’ Barilaro said.

‘I know regional people use common sense.

‘The risk would be … they could take it (coronavirus) back to a regional area.’

NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro (pictured) urged NSW residents from regional areas to 'reconsider their visit' to the SCG Test

NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro (pictured) urged NSW residents from regional areas to ‘reconsider their visit’ to the SCG Test

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