Health chief increases crowd numbers for NRL finals

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ALMOST 10,000 people will be allowed at the Canberra Raiders game when they play the Cronulla Sharks at GIO stadium on Saturday (October 3) after ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman agreed to increase the crowd size. 

A crowd of 9600 will be allowed to go on Saturday, that’s about half of the available seating at the stadium. But Dr Coleman says it takes into account parts of the stadium that are not accessible to fans because of COVID-19 restrictions, such as “clean zones”. 

The increase to crowd capacity follows a successful pilot to allow 6000 spectators at the Brumbies’ Super Rugby grand final and the Raiders NRL match against the Warriors last weekend.

“I am very pleased to be able to increase the capacity for this game, which has been made possible by excellent adherence to the cvoid-safe measures by fans and event staff at recent games at the stadium,” Dr Coleman says. 

To support the increased capacity, Dr Coleman says Venues Canberra will increase its security presence, with a focus on messaging regarding physical distancing, seating compliance and preventing overcrowding at locations in and around the venue.

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