“If you are feeling unwell, immediately remove yourself from the proximity of others and notify the club doctor,” the protocols say.
“[If not at the club and you feel unwell] contact your club doctor immediately and stay away from the club and your teammates until you are advised further by the club doctor.”
Players are being tested twice a week to determine whether they are free of the coronavirus, and therefore able to train and play. Contact training will commence on May 25 and games will begin on June 11.
AFL players are being expected to adhere to rules that are stricter than those of the general community.
They cannot surf, play golf or take their kids to a playground, and each player’s living arrangements need to be checked off the by the league to ensure they’re contact with people, like nurses or other at-risk workers, is managed.
The AFL describes the restrictions in the document as the “social licence” needed to gain the exemptions from government required to get the league back up and running after the coronavirus shutdown. It says the restrictions will be reviewed as the season goes on.
“We find ourselves in unprecedented territory,” AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said in the document, while thanking the players for the sacrifices contained in the protocols.
“The purpose was to make sure we are reducing risks of COVID-19 transmission and spread in every way we can, so that we can gain government approval to engage in otherwise prohibited activities such as interstate travel, gathering in groups and have physical contact.”