A NEW COVID-19 outbreak in south-east Queensland won't stop Brisbane hosting up to 16,000 people for Sunday's clash with St Kilda.

The Queensland Government confirmed the state had discovered nine new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning.  

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Match Previews R13: Brisbane v St Kilda

Sportsbet's Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson preview the blockbuster between the Lions and Saints at the Gabba

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While new restrictions will cap gatherings in Greater Brisbane at 10 and the rest of the state at 30, businesses with COVID-19 safe plans will be able to proceed as planned. 

The Lions will be allowed a crowd of up to 16,000 for their date with the Saints, while the restrictions won't impact plans for Saturday's clash between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne. 

A masked fan holds up a Lions flag at the Gabba in round 11. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

The Queensland Government remains hopeful of securing the rights to the Toyota AFL Grand Final at the Gabba with a decision to come next week.

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Clubs are still awaiting an outcome as to whether the AFL will stage a pre-finals bye following the home and away season, which would see the decider fall on the weekend of October 17 (no bye) or October 24 (with a bye).