NRL players are thrust into Covid-safe bubbles and BANNED from leaving their own homes after Sydney outbreak
- Players are banned from using public transport and going to crowded places
- Footballers and staff in Greater Sydney have been told to stay at home
- The bubble-like restrictions come at the worst possible time for NRL players
NRL players and club staff in Greater Sydney will return to bubble-like restrictions, unable to leave home except to attend training or for an essential activity.
A coronavirus outbreak has prompted the NRL to act swiftly to enact level-three restrictions, banning players using public transport and attending crowded places such as shopping centres, restaurants and cafes.
Only pick-up and takeaway food is allowed.
Pictured: Isaiah Papali’i of the Eels is tackled during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium on June 21. Players in Greater Sydney have now been put into lockdown
Players and staff in Greater Sydney have been told to stay at home unless they take part in an approved activity, but they are able to walk their dog or go to a park with their kids.
The bubble-like restrictions come at the worst possible time for most NRL players with a full-round bye this weekend when men’s and women’s State of Origin games are held in Queensland.
Most players not involved in the weekend’s representative games have been given time off with their families and those who have already left the area are not subject to the new restrictions.
However, for those at home, activities such as golf and surfing are also banned.
Pictured: Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter Vlandys speaks to media during a press conference at Rugby League Central in Sydney – with players now under strict coronavirus restrictions
It comes as NRL staff involved in game two at Suncorp Stadium are also set to be flown into Brisbane to avoid potential border closures.
On Tuesday, the NSW government announced 10 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
The Queensland government has declared Waverley LGA a hotspot but the NRL has confirmed that none of the Origin players are subject to the border restrictions.
NSW staff and players are in camp just south of the Queensland border in Kingscliff, but have not yet received advice to move into Queensland for Sunday night’s game.