The AFL has told clubs all players and designated officials will be tested for COVID-19 by the end of the week paving the way for a return to training as early as next Monday.
The Age has confirmed that the AFL had sent a memo to clubs outlining their expectations as they progress from the shutdown towards games after the Victorian government said Victorian clubs would be allowed to return to full training when restrictions eased on Wednesday.
The testing for Victorian clubs is expected to begin on Wednesday at a central hub at Marvel Stadium.
Clubs have also been told that football department staff will be restricted to 24 which would include coaches and conditioning staff. Clubs have been told they must retain a player development manager and, obviously, key medical staff.