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Restrictions for major sporting events

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a number of measures will be in place for certain major sporting events.

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Rules apply to spectators at:

  • matches held in a major recreation facility between teams from clubs in the A-League administered by Football Australia.

Current restrictions mean that

  • people from certain areas (affected areas) will not be allowed to attend
  • spectators must wear a fitted face covering (face mask).

A-League matches

Updated 15 January 2021

A number of measures will be in place from Friday 8 January 2021 up to Monday 1 February 2021. 

You must not attend an A-League match as a spectator if

  • you live in an affected area
  • you stayed overnight or worked in an affected area at any time during the previous 14 days
  • you have, at any time during the previous 14 days, been to a COVID-19 case locations venue assessed by NSW Health as
    • close contacts
    • casual contacts
    • monitor for symptoms
  • you have, at any time during the previous 14 days, been to a public exposure site in Victoria or Queensland.

Affected areas

Updated 15 January 2021

The affected areas are

  • NSW suburbs
    • Auburn
    • Berala
    • Birrong
    • Lidcombe
    • Mount Druitt
    • Potts Hill
    • Regents Park
    • Rookwood
    • Rooty Hill
  • Queensland local government areas
    • City of Brisbane
    • City of Ipswitch
    • Lockyer Valley Region
    • Logan City
    • Moreton Bay Region
    • Redland City
    • Scenic Rim Region
    • Somerset Region

and any other area specified by a COVID-19 concerns notice

Wearing a fitted face covering

You must wear a fitted face covering (face mask) at all times when you are lined up to enter the venue or in the venue.

You may remove your face covering if you are:

  • eating or drinking
  • communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • asked to remove your face mask to confirm your identity
  • in an emergency situation
  • receiving medical treatment
  • working at the venue but not interacting with members of the public
  • working at the venue but the nature of your work:
    • makes the wearing of a fitted face covering is a risk to yours or another person’s, health and safety, or
    • means clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential.

You must replace your face covering as soon as it is practicable to do so.

People who do not have to wear a face mask

You do not need to wear a fitted face covering (face mask) if you

  • are aged 12 years or under
  • have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable including, for example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma
  • are a player or a match or team official at the major sporting event.

Masks should not be worn by toddlers under 2 years of age and babies, as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Protecting yourself and others

If you attend the event, follow the health advice for

If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms do not attend the game. Immediately get a test and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

COVID Safety Plan

To help keep spectators and staff safe, a COVID Safety Plan for the event facility includes

The public health orders that apply to hospitality venues located in or near the event facility remain in force and are not affected by this amendment order.

Penalties for breaching public health orders

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

Anyone who attends from an affected area or a confirmed COVID-19 case location is at risk of a $1000 fine.

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