The NRL players here in Queensland will finally be able to be reunited with their families, with the state finally approving their application.
Families were supposed to fly into the Gold Coast last weekend, but the government held back on their exemptions until they had more information.
Almost 500 family members will now fly in on Wednesday, where they’ll be transferred to a Surfers Paradise hub to isolate for 14 days before reuniting with their partners either here, in Brisbane or on the Sunshine Coast.
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Most of the people will be able to use the facilities at the resort freely, except for the families travelling from the local government areas which are under the NSW public health orders not to leave.
They’ll be kept in a separate area to ‘minimise risk’.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo wrote to all the families last night to confirm the good news.
“I want to thank you for all the patience you have shown while our team has worked closely with Queensland and NSW Governments to have the necessary exemptions approved,” it reads.
“We promised all players and families that you would be reunited and I’m pleased to say that we are now delivering on the promise.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure we keep the Queensland community safe and healthy.
“My team will be in touch with you directly over the next 24 hours to ensure you clearly understand the conditions and protocols we must comply with.
“Thank you for making yourself available so promptly today for COVID-19 testing.”