New restrictions placed on NRL players as Brisbane COVID-19 cases grow

NRL players have been banned from catching public transport as part of new restrictions in response of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Brisbane.

The NRL informed clubs the game would be moving to level two restrictions for all clubs after another eight COVID-19 cases were reported in Brisbane on Tuesday. Greater Brisbane was put in a three-day lockdown as of 5pm on Monday due to the growing concerns.

Players are now banned from taking public transport, must wear masks when in an indoor venue and will be temperature tested on arrival to games and training.

NRL players have been banned for catching public transport with the game bringing in new restrictions in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Brisbane. Credit:Getty

The players are considered essential workers, so are able to train during the three day period.

In line with the lockdown rules, Bulldogs players are still able to leave their homes to buy essential supplies such as food and medicine, look after vulnerable people and exercise with members of their household or one other person.

The Queensland government will review whether the lockdown will be extended on Wednesday. If it is extended, the Bulldogs may need to continue under lockdown restrictions which would threaten their clash against the Rabbitohs on Friday.

If the lockdown is lifted the Bulldogs will be tested on Thursday ahead of the captain’s run.

The Sharks are due to play the Cowboys on Saturday on the Sunshine Coast, and had originally planned to fly north on Thursday. They are now likely to fly in and out on the same day.

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