The NRL will reunite players with their families on Wednesday, with the Queensland government agreeing to an application to reunite immediate relatives forced apart by the league’s move to the Sunshine State.
Almost 500 family members will travel to Surfers Paradise to reunite with their loved ones after Rugby League Central successfully submitted individual applications to enter the state.
Families were set to be flown to Queensland last Saturday to begin a 14-day isolation period, however, those plans were put on hold after the Queensland government requested more information about the NRL’s Covid-safe plan.
After back-and-forth between league HQ and the state government, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo revealed the successful application in a letter penned to players, officials and families on Monday night.
“Thank you for your patience over the last few days,” Abdo wrote.
“I’m delighted to inform you that as promised, we will be able to reunite you with your family in Queensland soon. The Queensland Government has this evening approved our application to relocate Sydney based families to the Gold Coast.
“Your flights will leave from Sydney this Wednesday. We will be in contact with you tomorrow to advise of travel plans and flight times.
“When you arrive on the Gold Coast, you will commence 14 days of quarantine at an NRL-managed Family Hub in Surfers Paradise before being reunited with your partners at club hotels. The majority of families will be free to move around the resort and make use of the facilities while you are in quarantine.
“Families who are based in the three Local Government Areas, which are currently under NSW Public Health orders not to leave, will also be permitted to travel. As I explained to you on a call earlier this evening, you will be located in a separate section of the hotel to minimise risk to the broader group.
“I want to thank you all for the patience you have shown while our team has worked closely with Queensland and NSW Governments to have the necessary exemptions approved.
“We promised all players and families that you would be reunited and we are pleased that we are now delivering on that promise.
“We have a responsibility to ensure we keep the Queensland community safe and healthy. My team will be in touch with you directly over the next 24 hours to ensure you clearly understand the conditions and protocols we must comply with. Thank you for making yourself available so promptly today for COVID-19 testing.
“The sacrifices you are making to keep the competition going is not lost on the Australian Rugby League Commision, or myself. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have further questions.
“We will do all we can to make this relocation as comfortable as possible for you and your children and we will be arranging some additional support for you during the 14 days.”
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