Unvaccinated Australians WILL be banned from AFL, NRL and cricket after MCG super spreader kicks off Melbourne’s fifth lockdown
- Unvaccinated sports fans may soon be banned from attending stadium games
- Locations NSW is working on plans for the introduction of a vaccination passport for fans
- The Victorian government is also considering new measures at their state sites
- There are fears that stadiums could be super spreaders for Covid-19
Unvaccinated Australians will soon be banned from visiting sports stadiums and instead will be forced to watch matches on their television.
There are already plans to make ‘vaccine passports’ mandatory in New South Wales, while a similar approach is being considered in Victoria.
Fans must have both Covid-19 shots to visit a stadium and watch major sporting events such as the NRL, AFL or cricket.
Locations NSW chairman Tony Shepherd will present his proposal to the state government in the coming weeks and hopes they will be approved next year.
Unvaccinated Australians will soon be banned from visiting sports stadiums and instead will be forced to watch matches on their televisions
There are already plans to make vaccination passports mandatory in New South Wales, while a similar approach is being considered in Victoria
“If you choose not to get the shot, that’s your civil right in a free country, but the Delta tribe is extremely transferable and we need to do something to reopen our stadiums,” he said. The Daily Telegraph.
‘The halls will have to say you can’t be there. Simple as that.’
There are fears that sports stadiums could become super-distributed events after the latest outbreak in Victoria, which forced the state into its fifth shutdown.
The MCG and nearby AAMI Park became the focus for health officials after thousands of people were exposed to the Delta tribe at two major sporting events in July.
An infected person attended the Carlton and Geelong match at the MCG on July 10, leading to several cases, while another fan with the virus supported the Wallabies as they played France at AAMI Park on July 13.
At least 14 cases were linked to the MCG, while 10 were linked to AAMI Park.
Victorian health officials were able to reach out to trace any potential close contacts and the nationwide lockdown ended on July 27.
The possibility that the stadiums could have exacerbated the outbreak prompted the Victorian government to seriously reconsider crowding in sports stadiums.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said at a press conference on July 21 that officials would have an “informed discussion” about reopening competitions for vaccinated residents.
Fans must have both Covid-19 shots to visit a stadium and watch major sporting events such as the NRL, AFL or cricket
‘[The vaccine] will be here in September, October, November… then I think we can have an informed discussion and say, “Okay, we’re at X percent, here’s all the benefits that can come from that,” he said.
The prime minister said vaccinated fans being able to attend matches are part of a wider effort to encourage people to get the jab.
“Once we have many, many more people with the shot, we can have a discussion about what that might mean for them, freedom of movement, changes that deal with some of the risks that we face,” he said.
Mr Shepherd said introducing a vaccination passport at NSW stadiums would not only protect spectators but also increase crowds and revitalize the sports industry.
Venues NSW chairman Tony Shepherd will present his proposal to the state government in the coming weeks and hopes they will be approved next year
The state has already lost tens of millions of dollars after the NRL teams were forced to move to Queensland to finish the season.
Locations NSW declined to comment further when contacted Daily Mail Australia.
At a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian dodged questions about whether the vaccination passport proposal would be approved by the state government.
“People are worried about going to work and getting kids back to school,” she said.
“Those are the priorities at the moment. All the incentives we can give to encourage people to get vaccinated and adhere to health restrictions, that’s our priority.’
“The other things are great and arrive on time.”