Coronavirus threat could lead to fan lockouts in NRL: Greenberg

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has refused to rule out the prospect of locking fans out of stadiums due to the coronavirus threat.

The NRL season kicks off on Thursday in a blockbuster match between arch-rivals Parramatta and Canterbury at Bankwest Stadium. There is no threat to that game, or any others at present, although Greenberg said he would be guided by government health authorities.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg hasn’t ruled out fan lockouts due to coronavirus fears.Credit:Getty Images

“I don’t think people are nervy but they are watching it with interest, like we are,” Greenberg said.

“We have been working on this for a couple of weeks now, as you would expect. We have a small working group behind the scenes basically in liaison with government every day.

“The advice as of late last night was that everyone is to continue to go to public events, everyone should continue to do your normal activities.

“But if you have the flu or fever don’t go. That’s the best advice we have got most recently.

“Like every industry we’re watching it closely and we will have to have some plans in place if it gets worse.”

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