The start of the Mount Isa AFL season will be postponed until May 31 as the nation continues to battle COVID-19.
Mount Isa AFL made the decision to follow the recommendations of AFL Queensland and play their part in reducing the spread of the virus.
AFL Queensland released a note to the AFL football community.
"The health and well-being of fans, players, umpires, officials, partners, volunteers and communities has been our number one priority," a spokes person for AFL Queensland said.
"We are determined to be part of the whole of community response to slow this COVID-19 virus down and in doing so, help the broader community and our health systems to cope.
"Following a series of meetings over the last number of days involving the AFL and all State and Territory CEOs, recommendations have been made in relation to Community football."
AFL Queensland said the decision was consistent with other organisations.
"Given the current climate of uncertainty and complexity, we felt it was best for our AFL community to take decisive action now.
"The recommendation was collectively agreed upon based on the nature of shared public facilities across community football clubs and the health and safety of our volunteer network.
"The AFL and AFL State and Territory Associations are committed to supporting community football during this time.
"We are a game, but we are not the main game."
AFL Queensland said the main game was looking after the community and that was the clear priority for everyone at the moment.
"It is paramount that support and engagement in community football continues during these times. It is vital players, coaches, administrators, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and kids retain close links to their local clubs, Auskick Centres and wider league network.
"The AFL will continue to meet with state and territory associations in relation to community football and will continually review this decision based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health departments and medical experts. We will communicate any updates and provide advice in a timely manner.
"Football has had many challenges and despite the size of this one, football will find a way through."
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