A new COVID-19 case in Tasmania has forced Sunday's sold-out AFL clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood, scheduled for Launceston, to be moved to the MCG.
The Magpies were set to play their first match for premiership points in Tasmania but the state's first coronavirus case in months has scuppered those plans.
The round 21 game was originally set to be played in Melbourne but was shifted to the Apple Isle on the basis a crowd of up to 10,000 would be allowed to attend.
Such was the interest in Collingwood heading to Tasmania for the first time, tickets sold out in less than an hour.
However, Tasmania premier Peter Gutwein on Thursday announced the state's fresh COVID-19 case meant the game at UTAS Stadium had to be called off.
"Whilst I was looking forward to seeing Collingwood arrive in Tasmania, as many people were, it simply would not be the responsible thing to do to allow that to go ahead," Gutwein told reporters.
"Noting that we'll have a surge in testing and many of those results won't be in by Sunday."
The AFL has confirmed the game will start at 2.10 pm at the MCG, with the ground available on Sunday.
All games in Victoria will be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, with the state to enter a sixth lockdown from 8pm Thursday.
The Victorian government was set to announce an easing of restrictions on Tuesday, which was expected to include a return of crowds to sporting events, but a concerning outbreak at a school in Melbourne's west has ruined those plans.
It casts further doubt on the MCG's ability to host this year's grand final on September 25, with Perth's Optus Stadium shaping as a likely candidate for the decider.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the latest lockdown will not prevent AFL games from being played behind closed doors.
"They have no crowds at them and I think there is a professional sport (exemption)," Andrews said on Thursday.
"It's about work ... so I think it will be the same as last time."
Australian Associated Press