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Tough rules will test everyone in the NRL after a week to forget

a. Individuals recording a temperature of between 37.3C and 37.4C must be directed to return to their car (alone) or another designated safe area where they are isolated from others for 15minutes. At the expiry of the 15-minute period the individual must be temperature tested again. If the result is replicated in the above range, the individual may NOT be admitted to the training facility, but must be temperature tested by the club again in 24 hours – regardless of whether training is scheduled within that period;

b. Individuals recording a temperature of 37.5C or above, either initially or following a retest, must be denied access to the training facility and immediately sent to off-site assessment by NRL medical in accordance with the procedure set by the NRL chief medical officer;

c. Individuals who report symptoms personally or within their household, or otherwise report non-compliance with home isolation must be immediately sent to off-site assessment.’’


The household test has been the most talked about section of the protocols with concerns about the ability to move players out of their homes if they have household members that may be at higher risk of more severe complications or severe illness as a result of contracting coronavirus.

If anyone in the household falls into any of the following categories then the player can be asked to move out of their house:
❏serious heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pulmonary hypertension;
❏asthma (moderate to severe);
❏chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis;
❏diabetes, including type 1, type 2 or gestational;
❏chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis;
❏severe obesity;
❏adults 65 years and older;
❏people who will shortly return to, or normally reside at, a nursing home or long-term care facility;
❏people who are immune compromised or suppressed;
❏people who have chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis or hepatitis;
❏people of Indigenous heritage over the age of 50.
That covers a lot of people and is going to be very difficult to police.

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