VICTORIAN clubs have been asked to abide by strict new protocols and restrict their movements over the next seven days as the state deals with its biggest COVID-19 outbreak of 2021.
The AFL has reached out to clubs to advise players, coaches and members of club football departments to move into 'COVID supplementary protocols'.
They will be asked to only leaves their homes for one of four reasons – work, care giving, exercise and accessing food and supplies/essential items. Visitors will also be restricted.
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The 10 Victorian clubs – which includes Geelong despite being out of the affected Greater Melbourne area – have been told they can still train fully but to restrict meetings and other gatherings around the club.
Clubs contacted were still piecing together information on Wednesday afternoon.
Essendon (Perth) and Carlton (Sydney) departed for their interstate trips earlier than initially planned on Wednesday, while Hawthorn fly to Darwin on Thursday ahead of their clash with Gold Coast.
The travelling clubs are bracing for the potential of longer stays should Melbourne's COVID-19 troubles worsen.
Victorian health authorities announced six new cases on Wednesday morning, taking the cases linked to the latest cluster to 14.
Members of the general public in the Greater Melbourne area are required to wear masks indoors, with household visitors capped at five and public gatherings at 30.
Earlier on Wednesday, Western Bulldogs were cleared of their Tuesday COVID-19 tests after a staff member visited a COVID-19 exposure site.