Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley assures the public of robust plans for COVID-19 ahead of the SCG test

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has assured that there are “robust” plans in place in the match against COVID-19 ahead of the SCG test.

Hockley’s promise comes after NSW on Wednesday registered a record 11,201 new cases, of which 8,000 are from the Sydney metropolitan area.

The fourth Ashes Test starts at SCG on January 5th.

“We have very robust COVID-safe plans led by the venues that work closely with the health authorities,” Hockley told ABC.

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“Outdoor environments, we know, are lower risk. Everyone will be double-vaccinated. They are seated venues.

“As long as everyone follows the advice, I think people can come in the knowledge that they want to be safe.”

It was reported that at least five people present at the MCG match had returned positive rapid antigen tests.

A crowd of more than 35,000 is expected in the first three days of the New Year’s test, while the total attendance is expected to be less than the 182,349 at the Sydney test in 2018, when England last toured Australia.

The NSW government on Wednesday changed the rules for close contact for all people, concluding that a negative test is all it takes to get out of isolation.

Australia retained the Ashes urn in an innings defeat against England in the Boxing Day Test, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 league lead.

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