Brisbane prop Payne Haas is tackled during the round nine NRL match between the Broncos and Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Albert Perez/Getty Images
Brisbane prop Payne Haas is tackled during the round nine NRL match between the Broncos and Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Albert Perez/Getty Images

NRL players banned from cafes, golf amid outbreak fears

Players will again be banned from restaurants and cafes as the NRL cracks down on its biosecurity protocols as fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in NSW heighten.

The NRL will revert back to its original Project Apollo biosecurity measures for the 55 people inside the team's bubble.

This means players and staff are banned from cafes, restaurants, pubs, beaches and golf courses to avoid community contact during the current spike in COVID-19 cases. Restrictions on home visitors have returned.

The NRL is also exploring the option of relocating the entire competition to Queensland.

NRL powerbrokers have spent the past 48 hours investigating the potential of relocating each club in a bid to keep the season alive.

As it stands, the NRL remain confident Sydney-based clubs will be allowed to enter Queensland despite the heightened travel restrictions put in place on Tuesday.

Clubs based in Queensland will remain under current protocols.

ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys said the commission had taken decisive action.

"We won't take any risks with our players and the community. All our decisions are based on the data and we've said from the start, if the data changes then we will be proactive and take the necessary action required," V'landys said.

"We are enforcing the original protocols to ensure our players are not mixing with the general community. We are doing everything we can to keep the playing group healthy during this period.

"Our experts are continuing to monitor the data. We don't make decisions based on emotion, we make them based on data. We hope it's only a short spike in the infection rate, but the Commission has shown we will be agile and make the appropriate changes."

Clubs have been told of an emergency phone hook-up at 3pm on Tuesday with the NRL to discuss the developing situation.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared south-west Sydney suburbs Liverpool and Campbelltown COVID-19 hotspots, banning people from those areas from entering the sunshine state after midday on Tuesday.

The area, where scores of NRL players live, is also home to Campbelltown Stadium, where the Wests Tigers are scheduled to play the New Zealand Warriors in round 12 in just 17 days' time.

The Sunshine Coast has already welcomed the Melbourne Storm with the club setting up a makeshift home in the region.

No NSW clubs are due to play in Queensland this weekend.


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