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Sydney Swans calls for training exemptions from NSW Health instant lockdown regulations

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The Sydney Swans are asking for exemptions to train ahead of their third round clash against Richmond after the COVID-19 outbreak in Brisbane.

While Sydney had a home game in the second round, their visit to Brisbane for the opening of the season returning on March 20 means the side is now under NSW Health’s stay-at-home order.

According to the latest guidelines from NSW Health, anyone who has visited Brisbane since March 20 is now required to observe the same three-day instant lockdown that was imposed in Brisbane from 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday. .

“Sydney Swans players and staff who traveled to Brisbane in the first round are following orders from NSW Health,” a spokesperson for Swans told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The club and the AFL are working closely with the relevant authorities and we continue to prepare for this Saturday’s game against Richmond at MCG.”

Brisbane’s COVID-19 cluster has already made AFL agile, with Thursday night’s game between Brisbane and Collingwood has moved to Marvel Stadium, after that it was initially to be played at the Gabba.

Queensland’s second team, the Gold Coast Suns, also had to leave the state on Tuesday morning via a chartered flight from the Gold Coast.

“The team will embrace whatever awaits them and will continue to prepare for Friday night’s game in a professional manner,” the Suns said in a club statement on Monday.

“As the pandemic continues to impact the community, the health and well-being of everyone in the game and in the community remains the priority and the AFL is committed to delivering a full season of one. a safe way rooted in the advice of public health officials and medical experts.

Although Suns players and other things are not found in the Greater Brisbane area, the team will travel early for their clash against the Adelaide Crows in order to meet South Australia’s border demands.

South Australia imposed a hard border with Greater Brisbane on Monday starting at 4:00 p.m. CET.

All travelers arriving from Greater Brisbane since March 20 are now barred from access to sites where more than 1,000 people are gathered, including AFL matches.

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