No footy crowds yet as QLD records no new COVID-19 cases

The Premier has poured cold water on hopes that crowds could turn out at NRL and AFL games across Queensland as early as this weekend.

It comes as Queensland has again recorded no new cases of coronavirus.

The State’s total remains at 1062 with just three active cases across Queensland, two of those on the Gold Coast.


Queensland has now had just two new cases in the last week and just five in the last fortnight.

“Once again that’s excellent news for Queensland,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“I always want to congratulate Queenslanders for doing this great job because we all have to be in it together and it’s just tremendous  news.”

Ms Palaszczuk has rejected reports out of Melbourne that footy fans would be allowed to attend Metricon Stadium and the Gabba this weekend when the AFL season resumes.

According to veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson, the Premier had herself approved a plan that would allow stadiums to be filled to 25 per cent of their capacity.

The reports had clubs scrambling with Gold Coast Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane saying they had been left in ‘no man’s land’ waiting for word from the state government.

But the Premier says fans will have to wait a little bit longer.

“It won’t be this weekend but we have plans in currently with our Chief Health Officer and we want to see some crowds supporting their local football matches,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“But also in the future netball matches, sporting matches, right across the board and we also want to see more families able to cheer o their children when they play community sport.

“But we have to be measured and responsible and that’s why the plans are currently with the Chief Health Officer and once she ticks off on those plans she’ll get back to those organisations and we’ll be able to make some public announcements.”

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