Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews feels AFL still some time off resuming

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has quashed any talk of the AFL following the lead of the NRL and restarting its competition any time soon.

Andrews announced on Sunday the state of emergency in Victoria will be extended until at least May 11, meaning strict enforcement of social distancing and isolation measures remain in place to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says football is a big and important part of the community but fears there is some way to go before social distancing and isolation measures can be eased. Credit:Justin McManus

The NRL has announced plans to resume playing on May 28 but with 10 of the 18 AFL clubs based in Victoria, the extension of restrictions and border lockdowns affecting interstate clubs means they are unlikely to follow suit.

The AFL has so far taken a cautious approach and hasn’t set a resumption date, saying it will be guided by government measures.


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