Football Queensland (FQ) can today confirm all football activity across the state remains suspended as it continues to work with the Queensland Government on restarting the season.
The step-down approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland begins with Stage 1 from 15 May and FQ is currently seeking vital clarification on how new social gathering guidelines affect football.
“We welcome the recent announcement of the roadmap to easing restrictions in Queensland,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“However, it is important to have absolute clarity when it comes to certain definitions and rules around gatherings and how these apply to our game.
“The Queensland Government has advised that more details relating to our questions will be made available later this week and we look forward to providing another update once that information has been assessed.
“Before we can return to football, we must also ensure our clubs across the state are given the time to prepare so that they can feel confident in welcoming all participants and members of the football community back into a safe environment.
“FQ has drafted and is continuing to develop the set of ‘Return to Football in Queensland Guidelines’ and a number of checklists for clubs and venues which will allow our game to resume in a responsible manner.
“Until the Queensland Government provides further clarity and approves these guidelines, all football activity including training and games remains suspended.
“Furthermore, FQ is striving to establish confidence that all participants will be adequately protected and covered against risks before we can give the green light.
“We will continue to work closely with the Queensland Government and Football Federation Australia (FFA) on these matters as we build momentum towards a safe restart.
“We ask all members to please stay patient, to read the information provided by Football Queensland as well as the latest FFA Circular – which is available on our website – and to remain respectful of State and Federal Government directives.
“The safety and wellbeing of football participants and the broader community in Queensland and Australia should remain the primary concern for everyone involved with our game.”