AFL South Australia adds to AFL headaches with border news

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 1, 2020

Victoria announced it would impose four-week lockdown in 10 areas in Melbourne city.

Residents of those suburbs will be allowed to leave the house for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and for study or work - but only if you can not do so from home.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open to takeaway and delivery only.

The Victorian state government requested all flights be diverted to other states to prevent the risk of imported cases.

"These are extraordinary steps, these are not things we have had to do in the past but such is the nature of this virus, it is so wildly infectious that if we don't take these steps now we will finish up in a situation [where rather] than locking down ten post codes we will be locking down every postcode", Andrews said.

The return to lockdown is a devastating setback for the home state of almost a quarter of Australia's 25 million people, widely seen to have taken one of the toughest enforcement approaches when the country first went into lockdown in March.

It comes as Victoria recorded 64 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of 233 new cases in the state since last Thursday.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin said Tuesday there was a "genuine chance" some Tigers players may not be prepared to depart Victoria and enter a new AFL hub outside the state. By comparison, the most populous state, neighboring New South Wales, and the third-most populous, Queensland, both reported no new cases.

"Victoria Police will be actively - actively - enforcing these suburban lockdown, this stay-at-home order", Andrews said.

"We've been through this before and we now have to go through it again", Lambros Tapinos, the mayor of several affected postcodes told Reuters by telephone.

SA premier Steven Marshall said his state was "not in a position" to remove its hard border with Victoria as initially planned.

Queensland said it would reopen its border to the rest of the country from July 10 while keeping out arrivals from Victoria.

They will also need to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Queensland from playing a game in Melbourne, or if they have played in another state against a team from Melbourne.

The news comes after Queensland imposed nearly identical restrictions on sporting teams coming into the state from Monday, prompting the idea that hubs in New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory might be the only viable way to continue the AFL season without compromising the integrity on the game.

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