NRL players and staff will have their restrictions eased from Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) confirmed the move on Saturday.
It said the loosening of restrictions “will provide improved liveability for players and club staff in daily lifestyle, however certain limitations will remain in place which continue to be stricter than current public health guidelines for the general community”.
“The level of sacrifice by players, officials and their families has been significant and has demonstrated the absolute commitment of all involved to protect their own health, the health of the game, and that of the wider community,” ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said.
“I am exceptionally proud of the players and how their conscientiousness and professionalism went to the highest level in this crisis.
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“The federal and state governments have provided support and guidance throughout this period and we have listened, and acted, according to their advice.
“Allowing us to relax liveability restrictions for players and staff is another step forward for the game, and we will continue to progress change with respect to public health guidelines.”
Australia has seen more than 7,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 102 deaths.