The families of NRL stars serving two weeks in hotel quarantine before linking up with the footy players in their respective bubbles have had their balcony rights stripped from them after Daily Mail Australia exposed several men and women breaching protocol on the first day.
Pictures taken on Thursday show men and women staying inside the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise passing lollies to people on floors above and below them - a violation of the rules clearly explained to them by Queensland Health and the NRL.
CEO Andrew Abdo informed families on Friday night during a phone link-up that they were having their balcony privileges removed, meaning they could no longer walk outside for fresh air or lie in the Gold Coast sun or for the remainder of their fortnight stay.
Families were given a reminder of the protocol they must be following with their dinner on Friday night which included the 'do's and dont's' on their balconies. The privileges were stripped altogether not long later.
Mr Abdo called the 500 men, women and children who are apart of the NRL's family bubble to tell them they could no longer use their verandas, and said people would be sent home without hesitation if they broke another rule.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The league is quietly concerned its competition is in jeopardy and have taken the extreme measures to ensure its Queensland relocation goes ahead - with no plan B in place.
The season is now hanging by a thread as the state's Chief Health Officer has promised she will send the competition packing if there is one more broken rule.
Pictures on Thursday show men and women staying inside the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise as a part of the NRL's bubble passing lollies to people on floors above and below them
Those passing sweets to people on other floors appear to be breaching the rules. A source at the hotel told Daily Mail Australia the people shown in the photos are part of the NRL bubble. There's no suggestion the other people pictured have broken the bubble's rules
CEO Andrew Abdo informed families on Friday night during a phone link-up that they were having their balcony privileges removed, meaning they could no longer walk lie in the Gold Coast sun or for the remainder of their fortnight stay
According to hotel sources the people pictured are part of the NRL's bubble and it has been confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that they were breaching isolation rules.
Queensland CHO Dr Jeannette Young put the players, their families and the entire competition on notice in Friday morning's coronavirus press conference, saying she was 'very close' to kicking the NRL out of the state.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I'm getting very close to it,' Dr Young said of revoking the league's exemption.
'I'm very, very concerned about what is happening with these NRL players.
'You would have seen that imagery of the family hotel where they were sharing goods between verandahs.
'It's for all of them. This is too risky. We just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules.'
Dr Young will not hesitate to send the NRL packing if the rules are broken one more time, a Queensland government source told Daily Mail Australia.
NRL HQ had a chaotic time of it on Thursday after Daily Mail Australia exposed two breaches - the hotel quarantine violation and married Penrith Panthers star Api Koroisau bringing a woman into the New South Wales State of Origin bubble.
The publication exclusively revealed on Thursday that Koroisau allegedly put the entire NRL competition at risk by smuggling a woman he met on Instagram into the Blues hotel on two occasions.
Koroisau allegedly snuck the woman into the Blues camp on June 20 - one day before the team was moved to Kingscliff, in northern NSW, to escape Sydney's rampant Covid outbreak.
The married father-of-two allegedly also met up with the woman on a second occasion, on the day of Game 2, when the team was in a 'bubble' to prevent any potential exposure to the virus.
The woman claims Koroisau gave her 'strict' instructions on how to sneak into camp without being noticed.
Api Koroisau's wife (pictured together) said she sensed something was amiss after her husband returned from camp, and had no doubt the truth would come out eventually
Daily Mail Australia understands Koroisau sent grovelling texts (pictured) to his wife after she was told of the incident
The woman, who asked not to be named, said she met Korosiau on Instagram in early June, and their communication quickly moved to Snapchat
Koroisau's wife Amy and the couple's two children arrived at the Gold Coast on Wednesday to join him in the Queensland NRL hub and are now completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine stint
They planned to meet a third time but the woman claimed Koroisau put an end to the dalliance hours before she was due to arrive after Jai Arrow was unceremoniously dumped from the Maroons camp over a similar incident involving a female dancer being invited back to his hotel.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said she met Koroisau on Instagram in June, and he quickly prompted her to message him on Snapchat instead.
Over the course of a few days and their two meetings, she 'developed feelings' for him, claiming she fell for his 'sweet, nice, caring' personality.
'I actually started to have little feels for him,' she said. 'He came across like such a sweet nice caring guy who gave me a lot of attention and sweet words.. I definitely got sucked in!'
But she'd also been instructed not to 'like' or 'comment' on any of his content on Instagram in case his wife saw and got suspicious.
Koroisau was 18th man for games one and two, and allegedly invited the woman to join him at the Novotel in Homebush on June 20.
The NRL has gone to extreme lengths to keep the game alive since the pandemic began 18 months ago, including demanding all players enter a 'bubble' to avoid potential outbreaks.
The families touched down in the Gold Coast on Wednesday after being given special permission to leave Covid-hit Sydney and quarantine in a luxury resort on the Gold Coast for two weeks.
Instagram messages sent from Amy's account suggest Koroisau admitted to the rendezvous but assured his wife there was 'no emotional connection'
The woman claims the next morning, Koroisau told her he'd be 'deleting his Snapchat' because he was heading home to his wife, and urged her not to contact him on Instagram in case his wife read the message. Pictured: An exchange between Koroisau's wife's Instagram account and the other woman
Amy was contacted in a series of messages by the woman, who apologised for her role in the alleged fling
Pictures on Thursday show men and women staying inside the Novotel hotel in Surfers Paradise passing lollies to the rooms either side of them as well as to people on floors above and below.
Restrictions were increased on the near-500 Sydney-based family members as they arrived, with those staying now confined to remaining on their floors rather than mixing as was previously planned.
The women and children were believed to be divided into the same groups as their NRL player partners, who will be based in three hotels across south-eastern Queensland.
It comes after reports that at least one family in the hub have requested to leave the Gold Coast hotel after the changes were made.
Those passing sweets to people on other floors appear to be breaching those new rules, according to a source at Queensland Health.
Daily Mail Australia alerted Queensland Health, who said the matter should be investigated by Queensland Police and the NRL.
A source at the hotel told Daily Mail Australia the people shown in the photos are part of the NRL bubble.
There is no suggestion any of the other NRL family members staying at the hotel have broken the NRL's bubble rules.
According to reports by the Daily Telegraph, there are doubts many partners will last the two weeks isolating after they were left without water and milk in their first 24 hours while a young mother wrongly had her baby formula delivered to a different floor.
Queensland CHO Dr Jeannette Young put the players, their families and the entire competition on notice in Friday morning's coronavirus press conference, saying she was 'very close' to kicking the NRL out of the state
Among those preparing to settle in to their new hotel at the Novotel Surfers Paradise was Jack De Belin's partner Alyce