All NRL clubs outside of Queensland have been ordered back into their isolation bubbles following a fresh outbreak of Coronavirus in Victoria in NSW.
The Australian Rugby League Commission agreed to reinforce the original Apollo biosecurity protocols after calling an urgent meeting on Tuesday.
As part of the protocols, players and staff within team bubbles will not be allowed to attend venues including cafes, restaurants, pubs, beaches and golf courses.
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They’re also being told to avoid community contact during the current spike in COVID-19 cases, with restrictions on home visitors also returning.
Rugby League Chairman Peter V’landys said the Commission had taken “decisive action due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape”.
“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.
Mr V’landys stressed that “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,” he said.
Clubs based in Queensland, including the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm will remain under current protocols.