Queensland Rugby League will provide ongoing updates below regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes to contact tracing information requirements
Tuesday, May 4 at 1pm
Queensland Rugby League has received further clarification from Queensland Health indicating outdoor-based organisations are no longer required to collect contact tracing information.
It was also advised that indoor occupant density requirements no longer apply to all change rooms, outdoor can bars and canteens, and that these facilities also do not require contact tracing information to be collected.
However, any indoor spaces used as part of delivering outdoor activities, such as clubhouses etc are still required to follow occupant density requirements (one person per two square metres) relevant to that space, as well as keeping contact information via the Queensland Government's Check In Qld app and adhering to the current public health controls.
This means the EVA Check-in process is no longer required and will cease through the QRL's existing contract with EVA.
However, if clubs still wish to collect this information to assist with game day operations, then contact with EVA will need to be made directly to create a separate arrangement.
It has also been confirmed that industry approved plans are no longer applicable; however, it is encouraged that clubs and venues continue to promote COVID Safe messaging with supporting resources available on the QRL's Clubhouse.
Updated Community Rugby League protocols
Tuesday, April 6 at 2pm
Following the conclusion of the recent Greater Brisbane area lockdown, the Queensland Government has confirmed some restrictions will remain imposed until 12pm on Thursday, April 15.
This will mean there are small additional changes to the current COVID-19 protocols for all community rugby league clubs across the state during this period.
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when away from home unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces such as:
- Indoor recreational facilities and gyms (including dressing sheds)
- Indoor workplaces (where it is safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
- Public transport, taxis and rideshare services, including queues for this transport
It is strongly recommended that you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres from other people, such as the entry and exit points to club venues and other busy walkways.
Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances; including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.
Please note, face masks are not required to be worn on the ‘field of play’ or outdoors where participants cannot physically distance. They may remove their mask if they are puffing or out of breath.
Canteens and bars
Inside clubhouses / bars, all patrons must be seated.
At outdoor bars / food stalls etc, patrons must maintain more than 1.5 metres distance from other people and where this is not possible, a mask is to be worn.
Check-in processes remain the same with participants advised to download the EVA Check-in app prior to going to the venue to make the check-in process quicker and easier.
Hygiene practices shall still be maintained. Information relating to these protocols can be found on The Clubhouse.
Clubs are reminded they must ensure the current protocols are being maintained and could be subjected to fines of up to $6670 if found non-compliant.
Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown concludes
Thursday, April 1 at 3pm
The Queensland Government has announced the Greater Brisbane area lockdown has now concluded, however some restrictions will remain imposed across Queensland until 12pm Thursday, April 15.
With no sanctioned matches occurring over the Easter long weekend, the QRL will provide an update on Tuesday, April 6 to outline the changes (if any) to the current COVID-19 protocols in place.
COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Brisbane
Tuesday, March 30 at 12.30pm
The Greater Brisbane area is now in lockdown until Thursday, April 1 at 5pm.
This also means that community rugby league is suspended in the Greater Brisbane area for this period, and as such all training and games are cancelled for clubs in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Redlands local government areas.
These restrictions also apply to anyone that has visited these local government areas between March 20 and 28, 2021 (excluding those that have only transited through Brisbane Airport).
As such, these people should isolate in their homes under these conditions for this period and not attend any club venues.
At this stage, restrictions only apply to those who visited the Greater Brisbane area during the above mentioned timeframes and do not apply to participants who may have had contact with other participants who have been in the five identified local government areas.
It is also important participants monitor the Queensland Government contact tracing alerts and get tested and quarantine immediately for 14 days should one of those venues have been attended at a potential exposure time.
Under these conditions, it is possible for clubs located outside the Greater Brisbane area to continue to training and / or playing; however, there may be volunteers that are required to isolate, which may reduce clubs’ capacity to conduct training and / or games.
In the meantime, all clubs and leagues should follow the QRL stop play plan which is available here in order to make a determination on whether training or games should continue.
Clubs should also note they are to ensure current protocols are being adhered to; including registering attendance, physical distancing and hygiene practices and are at risk of being fined should these protocols be breached.