Melbourne Victory players have avoided having to spend Christmas by themselves in a hotel room.
The Victory squad return to Melbourne on Tuesday following two weeks of quarantine in Sydney after their return from AFC Champions League duties in Qatar.
Having served that fortnight in hotel isolation, the Victory players will be spared further quarantine, despite Victorian borders being closed to Greater Sydney due to the Northern Beaches’ COVID-19 cluster.
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“We are working to excise the (Sydney) airport from the red zone, so that if you would have travelled from a (quarantine) hotel, to the airport you have not essentially visited the hotspot you’re not part of the red zone,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Andrews said there may be “some testing” and short isolation period at home for those in this category.
“(But) we are not envisaging people having to do another two weeks of hotel quarantine if they’re coming out of hotel quarantine,” he said.
Andrews said there would be a range of rules for those travellers, such as wearing a mask for the entire journey from a Sydney quarantine hotel to Melbourne and not leaving Sydney airport.
He said there would be more clarity on the rules later on Monday.
The Victory, who have been able to train while in quarantine – are scheduled to play their first game of the A-League season on January 2 against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.
The Victory’s women’s team had been scheduled to meet Western Sydney Wanderers in a season-opening W-League clash at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday.
But the match is in extreme doubt due to border closures and quarantine regulations when travelling from NSW to Victoria.