The Queensland government is facing severe backlash this morning for relaxing border rules to allow NRL players’ wives, girlfriends and families to fly into the state.
That’s despite pausing hotel quarantine for two weeks, leaving thousands of Queenslanders stranded in other states waiting for a hotel booking before being allowed to return.
Anyone else coming from New South Wales, the ACT or Victoria is otherwise barred from flying home, even if they had an exemption to.
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However, around 100 people arrived in Brisbane from Sydney late yesterday, including wives, girlfriends and families of NRL players.
They’re now completing two weeks of hotel quarantine in Brisbane, all paid for by the NRL.
Cricket teams have also been flown in, and will reportedly quarantine in a separate hotel that’s been set aside for sporting codes.