Sydney NRL families denied exemption to come to the Gold Coast this weekend

The families of NRL players will remain stuck in Sydney for at least another week after they were denied entry to Queensland.

The Queensland government has backflipped on their decision to bring families here, despite a charter flight being organised for tomorrow.

Players left for the Sunshine State on Wednesday, in an effort to keep the 2021 season alive amidst the Sydney lockdown.


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On Thursday night, officials were then advised that they need to provide more information before they can allow people from Greater Sydney into the state.

“It means you will not be travelling as planned on Saturday, but it does not mean you will not be able to reach Queensland,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo wrote to players and their families last night.

“The government would now like more individual information and more information about our quarantine facility and COVID-safe plans before they approve our submission.

“We are hopeful you will make it to the Gold Coast within a week.

“Over the coming days we will be working day and night to provide the information required on our quarantine arrangements to ensure the Queensland Community remain safe and healthy.

“I can’t pretend to know how disappointed you are, but you have our word that we will do everything we can to have you in Queensland by the end of next week,” the letter reads.

It’s understood that once the families arrive in Queensland, they will still have to complete two weeks of quarantine in two facilities on the Gold Coast.