Health Minister Roger Cook rules out virus exception for Geelong-Collingwood game at Optus Stadium

Jun 25, 2020

By PerthNow

The West Australian government has ruled out bringing forward phase four of eased COVID-19 restrictions by one day so attendance at a planned AFL match in Perth will not be limited to 30,000.

Health Minister Roger Cook said Perth’s Optus Stadium would hold the biggest crowd seen “pretty much anywhere in the world” in many months, with the AFL poised to announce a Collingwood and Geelong game on July 17 and the Western Derby on July 19.

Phase four of eased restrictions kicks in on July 18, allowing stands to fill to the full 60,000 capacity.

“Our rules are very clear on this,” Mr Cook told reporters on Thursday.

“We’re really pleased that we’re getting to a point where we can see footy return to WA.”

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The Victorian teams will stay in hotel quarantine at Crown Perth, while the Eagles and Dockers have been cleared to serve their quarantine periods in their own homes.

It’s expected the WA hub will continue on a rolling basis, with another two Victorian teams taking the place of the Magpies and Cats.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said fans would be prevented from attending training sessions and urged the public to act sensibly when attending and leaving games.

Officers on Wednesday charged a 30-year-old woman who allegedly went to work and treated several patients at a dental practice in Perth’s northern suburbs, when she was meant to be self-quarantining after returning from interstate.

The woman tested negative to COVID-19 but has been charged with failing to comply with a direction and will face Joondalup Magistrates Court on July 13.

“There’s severe penalties attached to that and as a health professional, clearly what’s been alleged is very unprofessional,” Mr Dawson told 6PR radio.

One historical case of coronavirus which is no longer active was reported on Thursday.

Mr Cook said the person’s illness was detected through a blood test in March and they recovered some time ago.

The case brings the state’s tally to 608.

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