AFL Bulldogs quarantining amid virus scare

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The Western Bulldogs are self-isolating just days out from their blockbuster AFL clash with Melbourne after a staff member visited Highpoint shopping centre when it was a coronavirus-exposed site.

The member reported visiting Highpoint during the exposure period, resulting in the Bulldogs' players, football department staff and match-day staff having COVID-19 tests on Tuesday morning.

They are self-isolating while awaiting the results.

"As a precautionary measure players and staff were asked by the AFL, in consultation with the State Government, to undergo testing and isolate to rule out any risk," the Bulldogs said in a statement.

"The Bulldogs cooperated fully with the advice in the best interests of public health and safety.

"It is expected that players and staff will be able to return to training on Wednesday, pending the negative test results being received overnight.

"The club moved quickly to adjust its training schedule for the remainder of the week and it expects minimal disruption to its preparations for Friday night's match against Melbourne at Marvel Stadium."

The first-placed Bulldogs are due to play second-placed Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Friday night - the first of four AFL matches in Victoria this weekend.

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan confirmed Essendon will still be allowed to fly to Perth ahead of Saturday night's clash with West Coast at Optus Stadium.

But Bombers players and staff members will have to self quarantine until they register a negative test result.

The Bombers confirmed they are still sticking to their original plan of flying to Perth on Friday.

The AFL announced on Tuesday morning it would pause ticket sales for games in round 11 and 12, with the Victorian government yet to make a decision on crowd sizes amid Melbourne's new COVID-19 outbreak.

On Tuesday, the state government announced new coronavirus restrictions including five-visitor limits for private gatherings, 30 for public gatherings and masks being worn indoors.

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