NRL believes Sydney's lockdown could last another eight weeks

NRL believes Sydney's lockdown could last another eight weeks
NRL believes Sydney's lockdown could last another eight weeks

The NRL believes Sydney's coronavirus outbreak could drag on for up to eight months, trapping residents in their homes for months.

League officials scrambled to move all 12 NSW and ACT teams to Queensland for likely the rest of the season as new daily cases passed 100. 

The teams were given just 48 hours notice to relocate all their players, officials and staff to avoid being trapped in a lockdown with no end in sight.

Nine Sydney-based teams, as well as the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors have been given just 48 hours notice to relocate to Queensland amongst COVID-19 fears

Nine Sydney-based teams, as well as the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors have been given just 48 hours notice to relocate to Queensland amongst COVID-19 fears 

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League great-turned commentator told Fox League 'it could be up to eight weeks' before the outbreak is handled enough for teams to return. 

'The NRL are telling the clubs at the moment that all nine Sydney clubs, the Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors are all going to go the Gold Coast and have a bubble there. 

'Families are allowed to go. They'll have to quarantine for a couple of weeks before they enter the bubble.'

The Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels, Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, St George Illawarra Dragons, Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, and Wests Tigers are all making the move to Queensland.

A total of 41 people in total will be permitted in each team 'bubble' on the Gold Coast ,including 30 players and 11 staff.

Only the three Queensland teams and the Melbourne Storm will be able to stay put at their home bases.

The clubs will be flown up to Queensland on chartered flights to comply with the most recent public health requirements.  

The decision to relocate the NRL teams was not made lightly with Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'landys saying the drastic measures were being made to protect the community and the game

The decision to relocate the NRL teams was not made lightly with Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'landys saying the drastic measures were being made to protect the community and the game

Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V'landys said the drastic measures were being taken to minimise the risk of infection to the community as well as protecting the potential negative economic impact to the game should is be shut down.

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