UPDATE: ARLC chairman Peter V’landys has confirmed NRL clubs outside of Queensland will have to revert back to initial quarantine protocols amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in NSW.
From midday today, anyone who has been in the Liverpool and Campbelltown local government areas in the past 14 days will not be able to enter Queensland.
The ARLC commission has directed clubs to abide by the original Apollo biosecurity protocols, which includes players and staff having restricted visitors to their homes.
The guidelines state players and officials are not allowed to attend cafes, restaurants, pubs, beaches and golf courses to avoid community contact.
V’landys said the landscape had changed since restrictions were relaxed.
“We won’t take any risks with our players and the community. All our decisions are based on the data and we’ve said from the start, if the data changes then we will be proactive and take the necessary action required,” he said.
“We are enforcing the original protocols to ensure our players are not mixing with the general community. We are doing everything we can to keep the playing group healthy during this period.
“Our experts are continuing to monitor the data. We don’t make decisions based on emotion, we make them based on data. We hope it’s only a short spike in the infection rate, but the Commission has shown we will be agile and make the appropriate changes.”
The NRL might be forced to leave its Sydney bubble and move the competition to the Sunshine State if the situations worsens, according to Nine News reporter Danny Weidler.
Teams in western Sydney, including the Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers still face uncertainty over plans to travel to Queensland.
The NRL is seeking clarity over whether or not they will be eligible for travel exemptions to Queensland.
Speaking on 100% Footy, Nine commentator Phil Gould, discussed the possibility of the NRL having to uproot from its Sydney bubble and make the move north to complete the competition.
“What I do know is the NRL is prepared,” Gould said.
“This will not exclude moving all teams to Brisbane to a safe environment to continue the competition if they have to. They’re ready and loaded.
“They are ready to go, if in fact the borders shut again and we’re in lockdown again, Peter V’landys will pick up the teams and move them to Queensland or anywhere else he has to do to keep the competition going. He will do everything and anything he can to play. They’ve got it prepared. They’re ready. Planes are at the ready.”
There 10 rounds to play in the NRL season, plus four weeks of finals, after this weekend’s round of games.