AFL PLAYERS could be chartered around the country in private planes next week as a way of avoiding Coronavirus spread, says AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh.
Should round one go ahead as planned, six teams will need to travel interstate to play their scheduled games.
While the players' association continues to "work through every scenario" with the AFL and the Australian Government, Marsh said the possibility of chartered flights was being discussed.
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"There are conversations going on around how we might deal with that," Marsh said on Thursday night at the AFLPA season launch in Richmond.
"It hasn't been resolved yet but that's something we need to resolve in the next few days.
"We're working through every scenario we can think of and they can think of at the moment.
"Because a lot of this is going to be government-led in terms with where we go with this, we need to see where that takes us.
"That is something that's ahead of us in the next few days."
Travelling teams for round one include Fremantle (to Melbourne), Sydney (Adelaide), Port Adelaide (Gold Coast), Geelong (Sydney), Brisbane (Melbourne) and Melbourne (Perth).
Meanwhile, there are a number of AFLW clubs travelling interstate this weekend.
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Representatives from Melbourne (to Alice Springs), Gold Coast (Perth) and GWS (Adelaide) all said it was business as normal for their clubs, with an increased focus on personal hygiene and washing hands.
Discussions at Carlton (Alice Springs) are ongoing, but as of Thursday night, nothing had changed from its usual travel plans.
Geelong gun Patrick Dangerfield said it was "business as usual" for the players this week despite the rapidly changing climate that saw the NBA put their season on hold earlier on Thursday.
"We just don't know. We'll still as players and clubs plan for what was always going to happen in round one, I still think that happens, whether there's an adjustment, who knows," Dangerfield said.
"It's difficult to ascertain what the future holds.
"We still don't know. We've seen what's happened with the NBA today and what's happened across Europe, and whether that follows suit here, we still don't know.
"I think we're going to have to be fluid as the AFL, as players and a PA to deal with what may or may not come up."
What appears to be a likely scenario in the next few weeks is for games to at least be played without crowds to reduce the likelihood of person-to-person transmission.
Dangerfield said while it would be disappointing to play in empty arenas, the players would support any moves made to protect the Australian public.
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"We want to play in front of the fans that mean so much to us but at the same time, we want to make sure that first and foremost, the health of our players is at the front of our minds as a PA and the same for the general public," he said.
"If that's what has to happen because that's the best thing for the health of our nation and our fans and our game, that's what has to happen."
Dangerfield was re-elected as AFLPA president on Thursday at the union's AGM, while Gold Coast's inaugural AFLW co-captain Leah Kaslar was elected as Luke McPharlin's replacement on the 11-member board.