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Round 5 Back On: NRL Will Allow Fans Back In

Punters in groups of 50 or less will now be allowed to watch matches, the NRL has confirmed. 

The ‘first batch’ of rugby league fans will be allowed to attend games again in round five after the NRL secured permission for spectators to return from the NSW Government on Friday.

Extending only to corporate boxes, the ruling brings stadiums in line with pubs and clubs, who can have up to 50 people per room at the ratio of one person per four square metres.

“We are going to be treated the same as the pubs and clubs”, said ARL Commission Chairman Peter V’landys.

“We’re very pleased the government have corrected the anomaly, because this was allowed in pubs, clubs and racecourses but not sports stadiums.

“It’s a good start and our next step once we’ve done that correctly is to try to convince government to allow us to have spectators in seated areas from July 1 or shortly afterwards.

“So if the infection rate continues at zero or close to it, then there’s no reason why we couldn’t start on July 1 to seat crowds with the proper biosecurity measures”