NRL Season Under Threat As Queensland Government Closes Border

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Queensland is Closing Its Borders to People From Greater Sydney

While sports like rugby league and Aussie Rules will be hardest hit, the top flight A-League seems likely to be affected, with Queensland-based Brisbane Roar playing in Sydney twice in the next two weeks.

But despite the growing numbers in Sydney, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian reckons she was blindsided by QLD's decision, saying she had "no prior notice".

Today, NSW had 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with most linked to the clusters at the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park and in Potts Point.

Ms Palaszczuk said an additional 31 areas across Greater Sydney will be added to the declared hotspot list from 1am on Saturday.

"I would advise Queenslanders at the moment not to travel to New South Wales", Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Tuesday.

However the new border restrictions will prevent players from flying home to Sydney between matches.

From Saturday at 1am, no one travelling from Greater Sydney will be allowed into Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk said while she knew it would inconvenience families, it had to be done.

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'It hurts the smaller states when they don't interact with NSW, it hurts us less if you talk about economy and that's a decision for her'.

We do not want a second wave here.

When asked what it would take for Queensland to reinstate a hard border closure with NSW, Ms Palaszczuk said it would be further outbreaks of community transmission outside of Greater Sydney.

Professional sport in Australia including top-flight football has once again been plunged into chaos because of the reprecussions of Covid-19.

"What we have seen is that we need to restrict movement across the country when there are large amounts of COVID-19 in certain parts of it", he said.

"I think it's one thing to "close the gates" to Victorians considering their daily case rates have spiked and now number in the hundreds". Cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel, Thai Rock and Batemans Bay Soldiers Club clusters have been shown to all be linked to virus strains in Victoria, where residents are now in lockdown due to the dramatic rise in community transmissions.

"There will be a thorough police investigation here but now we have to act as a community and any areas the chief health officer says need to be closed, will be closed".

"We are acting very swiftly here, fever clinics are being set up".

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