NRL Season Under Threat As Queensland Government Closes Border
The NRL season is under threat once again after the latest spike in COVID-19 cases across Australia forced Queensland into closing its borders.
The revamped 2020 campaign could now grind to a complete halt with clubs based in the Greater Sydney region now barred from the sunshine state.
This news comes after two teenage girls reportedly lied to authorities in an attempt to cross state borders, forcing a reaction from the Queensland government.
BREAKING: Queensland will close its borders to all of Greater Sydney. From 1am Saturday, more hotspots will be declared and no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland. #COVID19au pic.twitter.com/044iZeTZ1g
- Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 29, 2020
State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted: "Queensland will close its borders to all of Greater Sydney. From 1am Saturday, more hot spots will be declared and no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland.
"Queensland residents returning will have to isolate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expense."
The move by the Queensland government could have a serious impact on the NRL season, with the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans all based there.
In addition, the Melbourne Storm only recently relocated their base to Queensland following the growing numbers of coronavirus cases in Victoria.
That being said, NRL boss Peter V'landys insists the NRL have a deal with the Queensland government that will allow teams to fly in and out of the state for games.
V'landys told The Daily Telegraph: "The latest advisory from the Queensland government doesn't affect us at all, the competition will go ahead as per normal. Nothing has changed."
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