The NRL is set to welcome back small groups of fans to watch games live next week.
The competition made its return from a 10-week Covid-19 suspension last week, with all games being played behind closed doors so far.
However, as reported by NRL.com, permission has now been granted by the New South Wales government to allow a certain number of spectators to return to view games live.
Fans will likely be confined to corporate boxes, with guidelines set to follow those similar to Australia’s current policy on pubs, cafes and restaurants, which recently reopened but with restrictions on customer numbers.
The ruling allows fans to attend NRL games in catered areas at a ratio of one person every four square metres, meaning up to 50 people could share one corporate box if social distancing rules are strictly observed.
“We are going to be treated the same as the pubs and clubs,” ARL commission chairman Peter V’landys told NRL.com. “We’re very pleased the government have corrected the anomaly, because this was allowed in pubs, clubs and racecourses but not sports stadiums.”
Details and biosecurity measures on exactly how fans can attend games are still being finalised, however this is a huge step in the right direction as far as the NRL, and sport as a whole, is concerned.