Victorian government bans crowds at sporting events, including this week’s AFL and COVID hikes

The Victorian government has confirmed that approved sports events will be held behind closed doors this weekend, due to an increase in fan-banned COVID-1 cases.

Acting Victorian premiere James Merlino announced the move as part of a seven-day statewide lockout starting at 11 a.m. AST on Thursday night.

“Approved professional sports competitions will move forward but without crowds,” he said at a press conference on Thursday morning.

An announcement about the AFL Round 11 game is expected today.

Already Ascendon and Carlton have left for Perth and Sydney, respectively, for the weekend games against the West Coast and Swans, while the Gold Coast-Hawthorne game plan will not play in Darwin.

At the end of this week, it has not been announced whether the game will be relocated or postponed.

Richmond will host the Adelaide Cavs at the MCG on Sunday, but the game has moved to Sydney.

More to come.

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