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AFL: Stadiums in Victoria will remain empty for two weeks despite lockdown lifting

By news.com.au , in Sport , at July 27, 2021 Tags: ,


AFL: Port Adelaide President David Koch has no issue if the AFL decide to implement a no jab, no entry policy in order to get crowds back to the footy….

AFL: Port Adelaide President David Koch has no issue if the AFL decide to implement a no jab, no entry policy in order to get crowds back to the footy.

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Tom Hawkins kicks for goal at an empty MCG last weekend Pic: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

Stadiums in Victoria will remain empty fand without crowds for at least the next two weeks despite the state coming out of Covid lockdown.

AFL fans have been locked out of matches for weeks and premier Daniel Andrews confirmed that would remain the case after the recent spate of cases related to the feared Delta variant of Covid.

Victoria will end a two-week lockdown at midnight tonight (Tuesday) but not all restrictions will be lifted.

“There will be no crowd at the footy, no crowd at large events, theatres, all those sorts of gatherings for at least two weeks,” he said on Tuesday.

“Again I know that is not necessarily news people want to hear, but there is significant good news in here and it has to be, and significant freedom, but we also have to be cautious, this has not gone away, it is under control, but it is obviously in our country.”

“We just can’t have crowds at the footy, but we will be able to crowds at the footy at some point. The question becomes how will they be spread out, how big will the crowd be.

“I think Victorians would expect us to look at those matters and we are in the context of Delta, in the context of this outbreak, in the context of that continuous learning process because you learn from every case. You learn from every outbreak.”

Vaccinations could be the key to big crowds for the finals in September.

“Ultimately the biggest crowds will be once we get everyone through the vaccination and that‘s some months away,” Andrews said.

“Let’s hope we hit all those horizons that General Frewen has talked about and we can vaccinate many more people so as we look to the summer and beyond.”

The news is unlikely to move the AFL to make a decision regarding the location of the Grand Final in September.

A crowd of less than 50 per cent at the MCG could force a move to allow more fans in for the game’s biggest day.

The AFL has told Joondalup Resort in Perth to keep all bookings reserved from the middle of August until late September as it grapples with an uncertain finals fixture.

A decision on the Grand Final remains but Perth remains one of several contingency plans around the country, if circumstances necessitate that games have to be moved due to the pandemic.

Games have continued to be played in Victoria despite the lack of crowds, with matches at the MCG, Marvel Stadium and in Ballarat this weekend.





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