Coronavirus and Resumption of the Australian National Rugby League

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The Australian National Rugby League was set for a continuation of its matches late May after Coronavirus cases began to subside. Even if by then there were over 7,100 recorded cases and 102 deaths, the number is still much lower than in other countries. This was reason enough to get activities back on track, although with restrictions in place to avoid spiking numbers.

According to Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister, the country was now ready to get out of the ‘doona.’ He also encouraged locals to start getting back to their normal lives. As the NRL matches resume, they are among the first contact sports to continue their match schedules. Stadiums will hold fans as before, though they will have cardboard screens to maintain social distancing. Players will have to adhere to strict quarantine guidelines, and regular testing will also remain mandatory.

What Does This Return Mean?

Such a return has come as great news for a country that prides itself in international rugby performances. This is because rugby is not only a part-time hobby for the locals; it is also a celebrated outdoor culture. To make the news even more interesting, the first match will be live across 70 countries such as United States, Britain, France, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea.

People will finally have a chance to enjoy the outdoors and cheer on their favourite teams. It also means that the economy will get its chance for recovery since sports and entertainment is one of the key contributing factors of Australia’s economy. There is an integrated celebration in both leisure and as an economic activity.

There is, however, a warning against such an early move from health advisors globally as this could lead to a second wave of infections. The greatest wish at the moment is that somehow both the sports world and health sector could work together to make something work.