Covid-19 prevention guidelines violated blatantly as international cricket returns to India | Cricket News – Times of India
No crowd restrictions were put in place for the series opener but spectators were allowed entry into the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR test.
Though the Rajasthan Cricket Association was expecting the game to be a sell-out, not more than half of the 25000 capacity stadium was filled half hour before the start of the match.
The fans who made a beeline outside the stadium were excited about international cricket returning to the city after eight years but at least half of them did not care to wear a mask.
Many policemen guarding the facility were also seen without a mask.
“I have come here with my son since I got a complimentary pass. The food items sold here are very expensive,” said a local resident Anil Gupta inside the stadium.
Asked whether his vaccination status was checked at the entry, he replied in the negative. He too did not wear a mask.
A college student Mohit Shera too was roaming around without any facial protection.
“I am here as an international match is taking place after a long time. I play myself and it is exciting to be watching the game,” said Mohit, who ran back to his seat when asked why he was not wearing a mask.
It is for the first time amid the pandemic that crowd capacity has not been capped.
The India-England Test series earlier this year were played with a 50 per cent stadium capacity before a spike in cases forced the BCCI to hold the ODIs behind closed doors.
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