WA Health Minister Roger Cook said AFL players were not immune from government restrictions just because they were professional athletes.
“This [incident] underpins the importance that this is a community effort. If people flout the rules and regulations, if they don’t observe good social distancing, good personal hygiene, we will have to fall back into a position where we will place further restrictions back on,” Mr Cook said on Wednesday.
An AFL spokesperson said the league was aware of the incident, and a Fremantle club spokesman confirmed an investigation had begun and the club would speak to the three players involved before commenting further.
The incident comes just days after NRL players Nathan Cleary, Latrell Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and Tyronne Roberts-Davis were fined for similar offences.
Last month, North Melbourne players Cameron Zurhaar and Nick Larkey were forced to apologise for hosting a party and breaching social distancing guidelines.
Mr Cook said guidelines and regulations had to be abided by, no matter the person or their presumed standing in the community.
“We can’t do this alone, we need everyone to be part of this process, whether you’re a celebrity sportsperson or a celebrity in the community generally,” he said.
“We all have a role to play. I understand that younger people have difficulties taking this seriously, we’ve seen this in the footage of the beaches in NSW.
“It is so important that everyone understands that we all have a role to play in the fight against COVID-19.