Footy fans return as QLD records one new COVID-19 case

Footy fans will be allowed back at games this weekend, with the State Government confirming small numbers of spectators will be permitted.

Health officials have approved having up to 2000 spectators in Queensland stadiums from Saturday.

It comes as Queensland recorded one new case of coronavirus overnight with a woman on the Gold Coast testing positive.


The woman had recently returned from overseas and had been in quarantine in a Surfers Paradise hotel.

It takes the State’s total number of cases to 1066 however just five of those remain active.

One person remains in intensive care on a ventilator.

“We are in an enviable position in Queensland. The US now has over 2 million cases and more than 100,000 deaths,” Health Minister Steven Miles told State Parliament.

“I mentioned yesterday that Beijing was experiencing a second wave, they had gone more than 50 days without a case and they now have a severe outbreak of more than 100.

“Since I spoke yesterday they have again shut down their schools. We cannot afford for that to happen in Queensland, we cannot be complacent, having to go backwards on restrictions would be devastating.”

The approval of 2000 fans at stadiums comes after lengthy discussions between the sporting codes and health officials.

Suncorp Stadium will host the NRL clash between the Titans and Dragons on Saturday afternoon while the Lions take on the Eagles at the Gabba in the AFL on Saturday night.

The Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium will host an AFL double header on Sunday with the Suns taking on the Crows in the afternoon before the Dockers take on Port Adelaide on Sunday night.

“In Queensland we love our sport, we love to play and we like to cheer. I’m proud that the AFL and the NRL were able to return to play in Queensland stadiums and today we add the missing ingredient – the fans.”

Mr Miles said the 2000 figure had been requested by the codes as a trial.

“That number might not be reached but it is an acknowledgement of how well the codes and the fans have done their part in controlling the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s a small step but a sensible one. Like a great game of football we have to ensure our defences but we also have to make our breaks when we can.

“Queensland has earned this small step back to normal.”

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