Exciting news for footy fans in Queensland today, with the State Government announcing a further easing of COVID restrictions to allow even more people in stadiums.
From Saturday June 27, up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to cheer on their teams in person, which conveniently coincides with the Titans and Broncos clash at Suncorp and the Gold Coast Suns match with Fremantle at Metricon this coming Saturday.
Sports Minister Mick de Brenni said that the success of yesterday’s games played a major part.
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“From Titans fans at Suncorp to Lions fans at The Gabba, yesterday was like a pre-season trial for the stadium crowds themselves and the good news is the stadium operations game plan including social distancing and heightened hygiene, was a winner,” he said.
“This means a bigger home advantage for the Broncos, Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns next weekend, who can now have up to 25 per cent of their fans cheering them on at The Gabba, Suncorp and Metricon Stadiums.”
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed the increase in crowd numbers was in line with the professional codes’ Covid-safe plans.
“The codes have shown they are taking Covid-safe measures seriously,” the Deputy Premier said.
Some of the measures include extra cleaning and sanitisation of high traffic areas such as hand-rails, seating plans of segmented zones and dedicated facilities and exits to reduce potential for the virus to spread.
NRL Chairman Peter V’Landys has welcomed the move by the State Government.
“I want to personally thank Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for her assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rugby league is part of a Queenslander’s DNA and her support has been instrumental throughout the resumption of the competition,” Mr V’Landys said.
“This is an outstanding outcome for our Queensland clubs, players and importantly Queensland fans. Queensland is rugby league heartland and we’re delighted the State Government has approved the return of crowds to Queensland venues.”
Townsville will welcome 2000 for its home game on June 27 at Qld Country Bank Stadium before they’ll be permitted to increase to 25% capacity (6,359 spectators) at future games.