The 2020 AFL season is again in chaos after the Queensland government placed new bio security measures on visiting Victorians.

Queensland now considers the entirety of greater Melbourne a “hotspot” and as such professional sports teams visiting will be subject to 14-days quarantine.

The AFL has now made several changes to the upcoming Toyota AFL Premiership Season Round Five fixture for this week as a result of changes to the Queensland Government quarantine requirements related to Victorian-based AFL teams entering the state.

The AFL was advised that the Queensland Government was altering exemptions it had previously provided because of concerns over Melbourne’s Covid-19 hotspots.

The alteration requires that any Queensland or Queensland-based team who plays in Melbourne or against a Melbourne team in Queensland is required to quarantine after the match for 14 days if they are remaining in or returning directly to Queensland. 

As a result, the AFL has adjusted this week’s fixture with Carlton now playing St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night. The West Coast Eagles will now play Sydney Swans at Metricon Stadium on Saturday and Richmond are now playing Melbourne on Sunday at the MCG.

Thursday, July 2
Carlton v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium (SEVEN), 7.40pm AEST

Friday, July 3
Collingwood v Essendon, MCG (SEVEN), 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, July 4
West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans, Metricon Stadium (FOX), 1.45pm AEST
Geelong Cats v Gold Coast, GMHBA (FOX), 4.35pm AEST 
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium (SEVEN), 7.40pm AEST
Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, The Gabba (FOX), 7.40pm AEST

Sunday, July 5
Adelaide Crows v Fremantle, Metricon Stadium (FOX), 1.05pm AEST 
Melbourne v Richmond, MCG (SEVEN), 3.35pm AEST
Greater Western Sydney v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium (FOX), 6.10pm AEST


Ryan is Contributing Editor