The Suncorp Super Netball League will introduce strict new protocols as part of an agreement with the Queensland Government to allow matches to be played during the three-day lockdown in the south-east of the state.
The Queensland Government has confirmed tomorrow night’s game between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Melbourne Vixens at Nissan Arena can go ahead without fans.
Tuesday’s double-header at Nissan Arena between the Sunshine Coast Lightning and GIANTS Netball, followed by the West Coast Fever and the Collingwood Magpies, will also be played under the protocols in an empty stadium.
The enhanced protocols include the use of one venue, daily testing of players, compulsory masks for all staff and officials not playing and reduced personnel at games.
Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan thanked the Queensland Government for allowing the Suncorp Super Netball League to go ahead during the snap lockdown.
“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for allowing these matches to go ahead under the strictest of protocols,” Ryan said.
“Our teams have been abiding by stay-at-home restrictions since July and we are very aware of our obligation to protect the broader Queensland community.
“We have proven that we can play safely and these additional measures provide further reassurance to the Queensland Government and community.”
South-east Queensland’s three-day lockdown is expected to end at 4pm (AEST) on Tuesday 3 August.