AFL puts Victorian clubs in lockdown amid Melbourne's COVID-19 chaos

Health workers are seen testing people for Covid19 at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne

Health workers are seen testing people for Covid19 at Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne

The stadium is one of a growing list of venues across Melbourne visited by positive cases, leaving state health officials rushing to test and trace across the city of five million, which endured a hard four-month lockdown after an outbreak past year.

Panic buying has returned to Melbourne amid its latest COVID-19 scare which started in the northern suburbs and has since spread across the city.

Others in attendance at the match, with the are being asked to check for symptoms and get tested if any develop.

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.

People who sat in the circled seats will be contacted directly by the Victorian Department of Health.

A bar at inner-suburban Prahran also posted on social media that it is now listed as a tier 1b exposure site.

"The AFL and the MCC have prepared for this situation in multiple simulations, with contact information linked to ticketing data and QR codes", the Department of Health added.

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There is a scramble to contact trace at exposure sites, including a bar at 210 Chapel Street, one of Melbourne's busiest streets, which labelled itself as an exposure site between 9.10pm Saturday, 22 May, and 1.30am, 23 May.

"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 team said in a statement.

The growing number of exposure sites and their locations show the virus potentially spreading well beyond Whittlesea and surrounding areas.

The restrictions apply to Greater Melbourne, or people travelling into regional Victoria.

Acting Premier James Merlino says he can't say there won't be additional restrictions implemented.

The Western Bulldogs have already had their weekly preparations interrupted, with the AFL club's players and staff forced into isolation after an employee attended an exposure site.

Health authorities have yet to establish whether the cluster is linked to a Wollert man who tested positive to the virus earlier this month after quarantining in one of South Australia's medi-hotels.

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