What Level 3 means for Chiefs & Co.

Premiership

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the latest transition in the lockdown, and this is what can be deduced over the potential return of football.

PSL supporters are awaiting with bated breath for an update regarding the way forward for the 2019/20 season and whether Kaizer Chiefs could go on to claim the Absa Premiership title.

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Although Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Maritzburg United are all in with a realistic shot at the title, as log leaders Chiefs may be favourites if the season is declared over due to the current pandemic.

Ramaphosa may have given football a further setback regarding reported plans to see the remaining fixtures played out behind closed doors when he warned that things in the country are set to “get much worse”.

“Firstly, that the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa is going to get much worse before it gets better,” said Ramaphosa on Sunday evening.

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“Secondly, and most importantly, they tell us that the duration, scale and impact of the pandemic depends on our actions as a society and on our behaviour as individuals.

“By following basic defensive practices, we can reduce both the number of infections and the number of deaths. When I last addressed the nation, I said that we would undertake a process of consultation to guide the actions we must now take.”

The President also stated that strict social distancing measures will remain in effect and any public facilities intended for the hosting of sporting activities – such as stadiums – will remain closed, further noting that sporting activities remain prohibited.

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“All gatherings will remain prohibited, except for funerals with no more than 50 people or meetings in the workplace for work purposes,” he added.

“Any place open to the public where cultural, sporting, entertainment, recreational, exhibitional, organisational or similar activities may take place will remain closed.

“To ensure that we maintain social distancing, certain high-risk economic activities will remain prohibited. These include:

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"Restaurants, bars and taverns, except for delivery or collection of food; Accommodation and domestic air travel, except for business travel, which will be phased in on dates to be announced.

"Conferences, events, entertainment and sporting activities; Personal care services, including hairdressing and beauty services."

The PSL-SAFA joint liaison task team is still expected to deliver their proposal to government in the hopes of getting special permission to return to action at a suitable date.

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