India vs England: Face masks and social distancing mandatory for

CHENNAI: Fans will need to use face masks and keep social distancing when they flock to the MA Chidambaram Arena for the second Test in between India and England, beginning with February 13. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association on Monday announced the protocols for around 15,000 fans, heading to enjoy the second Test, which included denial of entry to anyone who reveals signs of COVID-19 The game will mark the return of viewers for a global match in India after COVID-19 outbreak forced a complete shutdown of sporting activity in March in 2015. The first Test is being played without viewers.”Conditions to be adhered by the spectators throughout the 2nd Test Match at MAC Arena. Face mask, covering mouth and nose, is obligatory for entry into the arena and keep social distancing within the stadium premises at all times,” TNCA said in a media release.”Individuals revealing any signs of COVID 19 like – Fever, Cough, Cold etc will be denied entry into the stadium,” it added.The authorities have likewise cautioned fans to avoid enjoying racist behaviour, adding that strict action will be taken versus anyone flouting the guidelines. During the current trip of Australia, some of the India players were racially mistreated, which has also been verified by Cricket Australia.”Viewers are cautioned not to indulge or show anti-racist, religious or political activities, nasty/ abusive/ rowdy language inside the arena, that might disturb the video game and such individuals will be dealt with in accordance to law.”Strict disciplinary action will be started by authorities against all persons breaching covid & security protocols.”Products such as binoculars, speakers, musical instruments have been prohibited.Other forbade items include “bags, jholas, briefcases, radios, laser tips, digital journals, laptops, computers, tape recorders, taping devices, field glasses, remote controlled gadgets, flammable material, musical instruments, speakers, professional/video electronic cameras amongst others.The media, which was disallowed entry for the series opening Test, will also be permitted to cover the 2nd fixture.The second Test will likewise see the stadium’s 3 stands– I, J and K– being opened for spectators for a global match for the first time given that 2012. The three stands were sealed after the 2011 World Cup owing to numerous issues, denying the city the chance to host matches at different events, including the World T20 in 2016 and the IPL final in 2019. An exception was made when the stands were opened for an ODI between India and Pakistan in 2012.

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