Queensland travel restrictions leaves AFL, NRL, Super Netball in limbo

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The sporting body has yet to announce if they are seeking exemptions for the Sydney Swifts, Giants, West Coast Fever and Adelaide Thunderbirds or if they will attempt to move all four sides into Queensland before the weekend.

"But just in case one of them has come into contact with someone who then goes to an aged care facility, just because we know how vulnerable those people are", she said.

She added in a press conference: "We are in extraordinary times at the moment and we have to do everything we can".

"We must protect Queenslanders", the Premier said from Brisbane on Wednesday.

"From 1am Saturday, more hot spots will be declared and no one from Sydney will be allowed into Queensland", Queensland's MP Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted today (Wednesday).

"And the case from South Australia is from Victoria", Ms Berejiklian said.

Queensland will close its borders to all of Greater Sydney.

The Super Netball season has also been thrown into question with the announcement, as four matches are now scheduled in Sydney over the first two rounds of the competition, which begins August 1 (Saturday), before all teams move to Queensland from round three onwards.

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"That's a decision for her and in the end, it hurts the smaller states when they don't interact with NSW".

Ms Palaszczuk conceded that declaring Sydney a greater hotspot would hurt tourism businesses.

Victoria state, where the capital Melbourne was forced into a second lockdown, on Tuesday reported 384 new cases and 295 on Wednesday, down from Monday's record of 532 new cases. Under the new restrictions Titans players would be required to quarantine for two weeks on their return to Queensland.

Registered Nurse Ali Murphy conducts a COVID-19 swab test as large crowds queue at a Bondi Beach drive-through testing clinic on July 22, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

"No, there are no plans at all to recolate the Queensland teams", he said.

Passengers seated near the pair on flights VA863 and VA977 and are also being contacted by contact tracing teams. But it's altogether another thing to "close the gates" to people from Greater Sydney on the basis of 10-20 cases per day (most of which come from identified pockets).

"Throughout this pandemic we have acted quickly to put the health of Queenslanders first".

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