NRL to check for fevers before each game to prevent coronavirus spread


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Players will be able to stay at home, with the bubble concept now likely off the table, but could be asked to move elsewhere if they are living in an area that is a virus hotspot.

They will also be asked to self-isolate in the same manner that was floated before the competition was suspended.

“They can stay at home,” V’landys said.

“And as long as we have some pretty strict biosecurity measures … we are pretty confident the risk will be extremely minimal.

“Each player’s temperature could be taken at least three times while they are in … our venues, they will have to wash their hands [and] they will have to undertake other biosecurity measures.”

V’landys has also managed to keep racing on the track during the virus in his role as CEO of Racing NSW.

Rugby league’s measures had already been discussed by the NRL after the opening two rounds, and would have come into place last month had the competition not been suspended.

Players will have their temperatures checked multiple times on game day. Credit:Nine

They have also been in constant contact with the NSW Premier’s office, as well as the sports department throughout their suspension in a bid to plan their safe return.

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A meeting between the NRL and broadcasters this week will give a clearer recommendation on season structure, before Wayne Pearce’s Apollo committee reconvene on Friday.

Pearce has already confirmed to AAP that a number of contingency plans will be put in place in case games are postponed due to a contamination.

But after watching Australia’s curve begin to flatten, V’landys is increasingly confident that won’t be an issue and any question marks over the return will be erased.

“People have to remember it is six to seven weeks away,” V’landys said.

“It’s not tomorrow. People are saying well, we aren’t able to go out to a park. Well in six or seven weeks you might be.

“So things will change in time and as the government monitors the situation and thinks the infection rate is low, naturally they will ease the restrictions.

“I’m confident that because the government has done such a great job with getting the infection rate down so low, in six weeks, if people continue to do what they’re doing, it will be significantly down.

“And at some point we’ve got to get back to some kind of normality. And if rugby league can lead that way, well so be it.”

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