Coronavirus: Storm returning to Melbourne after Victoria eases restrictions

By Sports Desk May 10, 2020

Melbourne Storm will return to training at AAMI Park on Thursday after a decision from the Victorian government amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Storm had relocated to Albury, New South Wales, for training ahead of the NRL season restarting on May 28.

However, Victoria announced on Monday it was easing restrictions in its state, including loosening rules around professional sport.

"We have agreed to a set of arrangements that will allow training for AFL, for rugby league, for other professional sports to resume from just before midnight tomorrow night," Victorian premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference on Monday.

"Of course with that happening, once training is up and running again that paves the way for the AFL and other codes to make announcements.

"Training resuming paves the way for footy to be back and I think we all want that, provided it's safe, appropriate and can be done in a cautious way and I'm confident that it can be."

The Storm welcomed the decision and announced in a statement they would be back training at their home ground, AAMI Park, on Thursday.

Melbourne had won their opening two games of the NRL season to sit fourth on the ladder when the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19.

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