The National Rugby League (NRL) tonight advised clubs that all players and officials will be placed on Level 4 Biosecurity Protocols from midnight to ensure public safety and the continuity of the competition.
Under Level 4 protocols players must remain at home unless training, playing or completing an essential household task. Visitors are not permitted into the homes of players or officials.
Level 4 protocols are the same restrictions imposed on players and officials when the competition first resumed from the COVID-19 enforced suspension on May 28 last year.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the additional measures had been implemented to ensure continuity of the competition and reduce risk to the community.
“When the competition resumes on Thursday night, players and officials will be under the same protocols as they were when the competition successfully resumed on May 28 last year,’’ he said.
“It’s clear the virus is spreading quickly and these measures provide an additional safeguard to ensure the competition can continue.
“Our players, officials and clubs united last year to ensure no risk to the competition or the community and I have every confidence the same will apply as we work through the current challenges.”
“I want to sincerely thank the players and clubs for the way in which they continually adapt to the changing COVID environment.”