Crows to quarantine after AFL game

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Adelaide's players and staffers will enter a strict 48-hour quarantine period after playing Collingwood in Saturday's AFL match.

Crows players and officials will be barred from going anywhere but their homes and their club for two recovery sessions after hosting the Magpies at Adelaide Oval.

The restrictions have been imposed after the South Australian government granted Collingwood an exemption to play the fixture.

SA has closed its border to Victorians amid Melbourne's coronavirus outbreak.

"We're extremely grateful we have got the opportunity to play in our home state this weekend in front of a crowd and we will do everything that is needed to keep that safe," Crows coach Matthew Nicks told reporters on Thursday.

"We are having COVID tests regularly to make sure that we're able to keep the virus out of the football club.

"But this week is an interesting one.

"Post-game is the most important after we have had contact with the Collingwood Football Club that are coming from Melbourne.

"We will go into a quarantine for 48 hours as a football club.

"Our players will be able to go to our facility and do recovery on the Sunday and the Monday but other than that we won't be leaving our houses.

"As a coach ... I won't leave the house to go anywhere - shops, cafes - the only place I will be is in the car to work which is our facility at West Lakes and the home.

"And that will be the same for our players for the first 48 hours or until at least we're advised by the authorities and SA Health that we can come out of those restrictions."

Collingwood's players and staffers will arrive on game day and be taken through what health officials describe as a sterile corridor between the airport and Adelaide Oval.

Magpies players must return a negative coronavirus test before arrival and sign a declaration that they haven't visited any of Melbourne's COVID-exposed sites.

"They are doing what they can to keep the community safe and play this game of football," Nicks said.

"There's a fair bit involved in that, that is the challenge at the moment and every side went through it last year.

"When you look at the AFL industry, we're doing everything we possibly can, we're doing our best to keep the community safe."

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