This is a bit of an addendum to my post just below, “I admit …” but I saw two troubling reports this morning:
- First: Reuters says that “Authorities are targeting crowds of at least 25,000 people per day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Australia’s second cricket test against India, a government official said on Wednesday.” Now, it’s important to note that the Melbourne Cricket Ground seats 100,000+ people so there is some pety struct social distancing in effect; and
- Reuters, again, says that “the southern hemisphere’s annual [rugby] test championship finally gets underway in Sydney on Saturday when Australia face New Zealand in front of a crowd of up to 40,000.” Once again, crowds for rugby test matches in the Southern Hemisphere are, routinely, played in front of crowds of 120,000+ fans, so some social distancing is being planned.
But, as I said earlier today, “Happy to be able, again, to mingle with friends, we crowded into some popular bars; we had big family gatherings,” and then the (expected) second wave intensified.
My family and friends “down under” are all sports mad (and both cricket and rugby are so superior, in every possible respect, to almost every other sport (hockey excepted) and especially to baseball and gridiron football) thus it’s not surprising that huge numbers want to see the world’s best teams compete with one another. But I have to ask if these two events are not ill-considered. It’s almost summer in Australia and some experts predict a lull in the spread of COVID-19, but isn’t this tempting fate?