North Melbourne v GWS Giants
Sunday, June 13 - 3.20pm AEST
North Melbourne CEO, Ben Amarfio, has welcomed approval from the Deputy State Controller and Department of Public Health in Tasmania for the club to play its Round 13 match at Blundstone Arena against the Giants, as planned.
The Kangaroos will fly-in-fly-out for the clash on Sunday, agreeing to strict travel arrangements and other protocols.
“This is a fantastic result and we look forward to returning to Tasmania to play this match in front of our members and supporters,” Amarfio said.
“We are very appreciative of the understanding and support from the Tasmanian authorities and will abide by the set protocols.”
As part of the conditions North Melbourne has agreed to:
- Produce a negative COVID-19 test result on the days prior to travelling to Tasmania, and undertake further testing two days after the match
- Sign declarations stating no visitation to Victorian Tier 1 or Tier 2 public exposure sites
- Travel directly from Victoria to Tasmania and return on the same day via private charter
- Be transported directly between the airport and Blundstone Arena (and back) on a bus organised by the TAS COVID-19 Coordination Centre
- Wear face masks at all times except when eating, training and playing
- Practice social distancing at all times between the Victorian travelling party and on-ground staff
- All training preparations undertaken at Blundstone Arena and all members of the Victorian travelling group must remain within official non-public areas
- No direct interaction with spectators, people not directly involved in the conduct of the game or members of the media
“We know we have a huge responsibility to the wider community to do everything possible to ensure their safety, and a responsibility to make sure the games can continue, so this is a great result for everyone,” Amarfio said.
“Our players and football staff have been living under strict restrictions which include working within a bubble and regular testing, minimising risk where possible.”
Amarfio said the club was looking forward to playing at Blundstone Arena for the second time this season.
“We’re thrilled with the outcome for our Tassie members and all football fans in the state and look forward to the game,” he said.
“We understand it’s a delicate situation to navigate but ultimately we have been able to achieve the best possible outcome thanks to the Tasmanian Government and we can’t wait to play in front of our fans again.”
The timeslot for the game remains unchanged with the Kangaroos to host the GIANTS at Blundstone Arena at 3:20pm AEST on Sunday, June 13 and the club will continue to work with the relevant authorities regarding upcoming games.