For the second edition of the Lanka Premier League, which begins on Sunday, the SLC has stated that spectators would be allowed to fill up to 50% of the stadium capacity. Fans entering the stadium would be required to be double-vaccinated, with at least two weeks having passed since their second injection, according to Arjuna De Silva, the head of SLC’s medical committee. The tickets will be available to purchase online in the coming days, according to the board.

“We’ve had negotiations with the Ministry of Health, and they’ve agreed to give us 50% of the spectators,” Arjuna stated ahead of the competition during a press conference. “There is a new variety [Omicron], but it makes no difference because we always follow the health recommendations. Spectators who have been doubly vaccinated for at least two weeks are needed.”

Since the pandemic last year, the ongoing Test series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies is the first time spectators have been allowed into a stadium in Sri Lanka. During last year’s LPL, Sri Lanka’s bio-bubble precautions were successful, with no Covid-19 cases identified during the competition (two cases were recorded prior to the start). Last year, all of the games were held at the same location. The majority of the games, including the playoffs, will be held at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo this time, with the action shifting to Hambantota for the Eliminator and final.

“Moving from place to venue could pose a challenge,” Arjuna remarked. “During the IPL, this was a concern, though it was mainly due to the fact that several teams had to fly to different stadiums. But we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to keep the bubble safe.”

Players will be tested every five days during the competition, according to Covid regulations. A player who is already in the nation must do a 48-hour PCR test and isolate himself for 24 hours before entering the bubble. Foreign players and local players travelling in from overseas who have been double vaccinated (by an SL/WHO-recognized vaccine) will be needed to show a negative PCR test 48 hours prior to arrival, as well as an on-arrival PCR. After that, they’ll have to stay in quarantine for three days.