AFL introduces air quality policy ahead of season

Matches in both the AFLW and Marsh Community series could be delayed or suspended if the air quality at the venue is rated as hazardous under an air quality policy that will apply to AFL and AFLW games for the first time.

The AFL introduced the policy, after smoke haze blanketed major cities and regional areas during the summer as devastating bushfires wreaked havoc throughout the country, to ensure the health and wellbeing of players and spectators is protected.

City buildings are seen through smoke haze from bushfires in Melbourne, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Credit:AAP

In recent weeks air quality has improved but with games to be played in regional areas throughout Australia in February including Wangaratta, Morwell, Whyalla and Wagga Wagga, as well as capital cities and the Gold Coast, there remains the prospect smoke will create issues.

Clubs have been told the AFL will rate conditions as hazardous and suspend or delay play if the particulate matter rating PM2.5 exceeds a reading of 150 while a reading of above 100 will require AFL officials to make a decision on whether the game starts or continues.


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