The Brisbane Lions will remain in Melbourne at least until Monday as the AFL and state governments closely monitor Queensland’s unfolding COVID-19 situation.
AFL clubs are again on high alert and braced for possible last-minute fixture changes.
The Lions have been stuck in isolation in Victoria since Friday night’s loss to Geelong and are scheduled to host Collingwood in a round-three fixture at the Gabba on Thursday night.
But that match could potentially be moved to Melbourne if Queensland’s positive cases rise.
There are concerns about the outbreak growing after one man who tested positive hosted a party while he was waiting on his test result, despite instructions to self-isolate.
The Lions’ women’s team played in Melbourne on Saturday and flew home to Brisbane as planned on Sunday.
They are preparing for an AFLW finals campaign and will not know whether they are required to play next week until Sunday’s Adelaide-Collingwood match is complete.
While Brisbane’s teams are the only ones affected by the outbreak so far, Gold Coast men’s coach Stuart Dew on Saturday night said his team is prepared to leave Queensland if required to continue the AFL season.
The Suns are braced for the possibility despite the Gold Coast not currently being deemed a COVID-19 risk area.
“We’ll wait for the email and push on,” Dew said after the Suns’ win over North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.
“Bags are packed by the front door as far as we’re concerned (and) whatever’s needed, we’ll push on.”
The Suns are scheduled to play an away match against Adelaide in round three.
“We’ve got an away game next weekend at this point and we’ll just go from there, but I think the whole AFL have shown what they coped with last year,” Dew said.
“(We are) looking forward to whatever comes, take it on.”
Kangaroos coach David Noble did not expect any major hurdles for his side returning home to Victoria on Sunday after their Gold Coast trip.
“We might have to get tested again this week but I think that’s just going to be the standard really, isn’t it,” Noble said.
“What we’ve been briefed on from the AFL is that governments, state governments, will react sharper and quicker now with those areas of partial lockdowns or full lockdown.
“We need to be able to marshal our troops and move really quickly.”