The AFL has insisted they are not planning on postponing the season for one or two weeks in anticipation of a rapid spread of the virus and are continuing to act in accordance with the government's chief medical officer.
The league also confirmed their willingness to play games with crowds in some states and not in others as health restrictions may differ between states.
The league's strong view is that in the event games have to be cancelled, they will seek to find windows in which they can be rescheduled and the bye rounds are the most likely time frame for those games.
- The AFL has informed clubs they may introduce a five-day turnaround between matches
- The league is also considering shortening the length of matches and raising or removing the interchange cap
- The AFL season is due to begin on Thursday night, with the Richmond versus Carlton match to be played behind closed doors at the MCG
The league has indicated to clubs its determination to play a full home-and-away fixture of 198 matches despite the very real threat of matches being postponed as the impact of coronavirus hits hard over the coming weeks and months.
Bracing for inevitable financial hardship as a result of the virus, the AFL is not planning on asking for a government stimulus package, unlike rugby league, which has called for a federal government bailout in the wake of the ban on mass public gatherings.
Key figures from non-Victorian clubs have floated the possibility that their teams could have extended early-season road trips to minimise travel. An example would be Fremantle staying in Melbourne to play three matches in 10 or 11 days.
Measures being discussed to help clubs manage these unprecedented playing demands include: