The Emirates Lions confirmed that the team arrived back from New Zealand on Sunday evening and have all gone into self-isolation for 14 days. The rest of the team management arrive back on Monday evening (16 March) and will also be in self-isolation (14 days). The directive for self-isolation comes from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases: "Self-isolation is recommended if you have been exposed but not yet sick. If you are not sick after 14 days, you probably won't get sick." – Prof Cheryl Cohen, National Institute for Communicable Diseases.
The Supersport Challenge team did not travel abroad and will continue with their full training programme at Johannesburg Stadium while being monitored daily by the medical team.
"The welfare and safety of our players and the public is our priority and we will abide with the relative governing bodies and authorities.
‘It is difficult circumstances but people’s health comes first. Sanzaar is in ongoing discussions with broadcasters and has been keeping everyone informed of the decisions. The situation will be reviewed on an on-going basis,” said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company.