Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today signed off on the NRL’s plan to resume its season later this month.
And the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys won’t be forced to relocate to New South Wales.
The State Government has today given the Queensland-based clubs permission to remain based in the Sunshine State and travel to New South Wales for games.
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The travel is classed as essential given the players are working and will be quarantined.
Ms Palaszcuk today informed ARL Commission Chair Peter V’Landys that they had approved the game’s plan to resume on May 28.
That means the Queensland clubs can return to training next week.
The Premier says it also means Queensland players can remain with their families.
“I said I was as keen as anyone else to see the NRL return and I meant it,” the Premier said.
“The only condition was that it did not put our excellent work containing the spread of COVID-19 at risk and the Chief Health Officer advises that the NRL plan is workable.”
The plan was in jeopardy this week after several players were caught breaching social distancing rules.
Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr were heavily fined and are also facing firearms charges over a camping trip.
Nathan Cleary was also punished by the NRL over a visit to his home by five women.
Following those incidents, the Premier demanded further assurances from the NRL about enforcing home-quarantine measures.