Players given exemption from coronavirus restrictions for Mother’s Day visits

“You can leave your home for essential household, family or medical needs, but this should only be in exceptional circumstances and only if these things cannot be done for you by other members of your household,” the document says.

According to sources, those restrictions will be temporarily relaxed on Sunday for players to visit their mothers.

The move came on Tuesday after players raised a range of questions about the protocols presented to them, including the subject of seeing partners and children who they do not live with.

The Mother’s Day allowance comes with strict conditions. Sources said that before visits, players must ask their mother and their father, if they live together, the same list of questions, which they must answer themselves on a daily basis and submit to the club doctor via an app.

They must ask whether they have: a cough, a sore throat, a tickle in your throat or a scratchy throat, a runny nose, any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, any pain on swallowing, any chills, any generalised muscle aches or pains which you haven’t had before, any headache, any loss of taste or smell, any gastro symptoms, and if anyone in the household has had any of those symptoms or a temperature in the previous 24 hours.

The players’ parents need to have also downloaded the COVIDSafe app.

Sources said, after queries from players, they had also been given clearance to walk in public spaces with their children if they observed social distancing practices and did it in their local area.

“Our players are committed to bringing our sport back to the community. They have been asked to step up during these unprecedented times and their response shows their persistence and resilience,” Rugby League Players Association chief Clint Newton said as the players’ pay deal was confirmed in a joint statement with the NRL.


“The induction day [on Monday] was very important. Like many in our community, players will have changed domestic arrangements and an added weight of responsibility with time away from family and reduced payments – but one thing that won’t be impacted is their effort on the field and their commitment to the game and its fans.”

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said Wednesday’s return to training was a “momentous” occasion for the game.

“We said from the start we are all in this together and our players have proved that. Many of them are making significant sacrifices for the competition to restart and that is not lost on anyone,” V’landys said.

Rabbitohs stars Latrell Mitchell, Adam Reynolds and Liam Knight, as well as Roosters coach Trent Robinson, all had COVID-19 tests on Monday which came back negative.

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