It’s been a bumpy ride, but they finally made it.
NRL players in Queensland will be reunited with their loved ones today, with Rugby League families set to come out of their two-week stint in hotel quarantine.
After 14 days of being holed up inside Gold Coast hotel rooms, close to 500 family members will finally check out around 9.30am this morning.
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It’s understood they will then hop on board three buses and will be transported to NRL hubs in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast where they will be reunited with their partners.
Their stint in hotel quarantine hasn’t come without headlines, with some of their freedoms taken away on just the second day of arriving on the Gold Coast.
Photos emerged of people passing food between balconies, in breach of quarantine rules, forcing Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanne Young to intervene.
Dr Young ordered all family members to immediately stop using their balconies, going as far as to request they send in ‘photo proof’ of their windows and doors gaffer-taped.
The NRL was also issued with an ultimatum following the breach – one more strike and you’re out.
Despite Queensland’s snap COVID-19 lockdown, it’s understood players and their families will remain in the Sunshine State, with NRL bosses confident they will be able to play out the remainder of the season here under their strict protocols.
There are now just five rounds to go before finals.