Getty ImagesFans will be allowed to return to sports stadiums in New Zealand after the country eradicated the coronavirus. New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on 8th June the country would move to level one restrictions from midnight after no new cases of Covid-19 were recorded for 17 days. It means all restrictions on mass gatherings will be lifted ahead of the beginning of the Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament this weekend. New Zealand Rugby (NZR), the national governing body, confirmed shortly after Ardern's announcement that there will be no limit on crowd numbers during the opening round of fixtures. “It is a testament to all New Zealanders that we are in a position to lift restrictions on mass gatherings and it’s a massive boost for Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa,” said NZR chief executive Mark Robinson. “We’re incredibly proud, and grateful, to be the first professional sports competition in the world to be in a position to have our teams play in front of their fans again.
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