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- Nov 16, 2004
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SA Health has allowed Geelong Football Club to travel to South Australia for Thursday night’s match against Port Adelaide, with players and coaching staff to fly in and out of the state on same-day charter flights.
Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier told reporters that she signed a letter this morning authorising the Cats to travel from Victoria to Adelaide, provided the team complies with the same strict testing requirements that were imposed on Collingwood players for Saturday’s match against the Crows.
She said SA Health workers attended the Crows versus Collingwood match at Adelaide Oval and were “very happy” with how the teams complied with the testing and quarantine requirements.
The Geelong players will fly in and out of Adelaide on Thursday on a charter flight.
The aeroplane can only fit 50 people, meaning it will be allowed to take off past the 11pm Adelaide Airport curfew.
Spurrier said the Geelong team members were already quarantining in Victoria ahead of their flight to Adelaide.
“They will have to sign a declaration as they leave Victoria that they haven’t been in any exposure sites and again when they arrive in Adelaide,” she said.
“We’ve got SA Pathology on board to do the rapid turn-around of tests.” Geelong players will be tested before they board the flight and when they land in Adelaide.
Once all players return negative test results, they will travel by bus to Adelaide Oval and will remain in a designated space guarded by security until the match starts.
They will also be required to wear masks at all times, except when they’re playing. “I think it (the Crows versus Collingwood match) really proved that we can do this safely,” Spurrier said.