Players on notice to keep their distance

They have also reminded players to be conscious of the impression they give when posting content on social media or when in the community.

Two North Melbourne players, Nick Larkey and Cameron Zurhaar, and Geelong’s Mark Blicavs, were cautioned for hosting social gatherings at their house on the weekend the competition was suspended but since then no player has been exposed doing the wrong thing publicly.

Clubs are also conscious of keeping in contact with players and staff who might have underlying health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, with the AFL reinforcing the need for the community to be responsible.

On Wednesday AFL medical director Peter Harcourt gave football department bosses a general update on the coronavirus pandemic and how most community transmissions were occurring.

Clubs have been told the next significant update on what might occur in 2020 will be on Monday, April 27, but none expect measures imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus will have eased by then for a final decision to be made on when football starts.

At Wednesday’s brainstorming session designed to have clubs and the AFL ready to go when they are given a green light to play, clubs indicated they would need three to four weeks of preparation ahead of round two.

Apart from the mini pre-season, football managers submitted a post-shutdown planning document giving the AFL their thoughts on interchange numbers, list sizes, how football departments might function under a reduced soft cap, fixtures, breaks between games and state and elite under-age competitions in a post-shutdown planning document.

They are aware football department cap cuts will be significant but the scale remains uncertain until the AFL has a better handle on when the competition can resume and how much revenue is possible if they do complete a season in 2020.


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