The decision is a huge relief to thousands of fans after fresh COVID-19 cases prompted fears the Rabbitohs v Panthers decider would be postponed or relocated to Townsville.
Queensland recorded two COVID-19 cases on Saturday – both children in home quarantine – with no evidence of community transmission beyond workplace and household contacts.
Health authorities are yet to provide a formal update of COVID-19 case numbers on Sunday morning but Health Minister Yvette D’Ath reassured residents things are “really looking positive”.
Sunday’s clash between the Rabbitohs and Panthers is set to kick-off at 7:30pm. Picture: Getty Images
“To know that we had five clusters happening, and the reality is we have not seen any community transmission beyond the actual workplace and household contacts, is great news,” she said on Saturday.
“But it’s reliant on people coming forward and getting tested so we can see if there is any transmission happening out there and we can get on top of it very quickly.
“If people keep coming and getting tested and vaccinated, we’re hopeful we’ll have a great long weekend.”
ARL Commission boss Peter V’landys says he’s “confident” there won’t be a lockdown but a lot still depends on Sunday’s figures.
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“It’s 100 miles an hour, full-steam ahead and all systems go for a Suncorp Stadium grand final,” he told News Corp.
“I’m confident there won’t be a lockdown because there is no indication at this stage.
“A lot depends on COVID figures (on Sunday) but there’s no change in our eyes.
“Only a lockdown would force us to act quickly but as it stands there isn’t a problem.”
Sunday’s clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Penrith Panthers is set to kick-off at 7:30pm.

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