Geelong Cats WAGS Emma Hawkins, Brit Selwood and Madi Bennett are among thousands of AFL fans who attended a feared super spreading event.
The wives and girlfriends of Tom Hawkins, Joel Selwood and Gary Rohan were all spotted on level 2 of the members section during the July 10 match between Geelong and Carlton at the MCG.
It is the very match that has forced Victoria into its fifth lockdown after a Covid infected member attended the members’ section.
Brit Selwood posted an image of herself from the July 10 game to Instagram
Emma Hawkins posted a video of her children rolling around on the floor of an MCG hallway – unaware Covid had breached its walls
At the heart of the members reserve, the Percy Beames Bar is surrounded by an array of memorabilia from the club’s history, including the clock from the original members pavilion. It is a Tier 1 infection site
Gary Rohan and Madi Bennett, who had attended the MCC members on July 10
On Monday, confusion had turned to anger among many who attended the match.
More than 3000 of Victoria’s 15,800 residents in quarantine are linked to the MCG clash, which saw 31,000 fans attend.
Hawkins had posted a video to Instagram of her kids playfully rolling about on the floor of an MCG hallway after the game.
It is understood the Geelong WAGS immediately got tested for the virus and went into isolation.
A Geelong spokeswoman failed to return Daily Mail Australia’s messages on Monday.
A source has told Daily Mail Autsralia Hawkins and Selwood had both been seated in the Melbourne Cricket Club dining room before taking seats outside on level 2.
Bennett had also been seen on level 2 with another group.
Last week it was revealed an MCC member infected with the highly infectious Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus had been seated on level 2 and had visited a bar and the toilets while there.
Members that attended the match were texted by Victoria’s health department on Friday warning them they had been identified as a Tier 1 close contact and to immediately isolate and get tested.
Another text followed on Sunday, telling members they had received the message because they had been identified as a Tier 2 contact of an infected person.
An email was also sent directly by the MCC, warning members and their guests to ‘get tested urgently, isolate until they receive the test results and adhere to any further advice from the Department of Health’.
Brit Selwood dolled herself up to attend the Cats V Blues match on July 10. She posted this image to Instagram
The famous Long Room within the members section of the MCG
Tom and Emma Hawkins
HOW COVID SPREAD ON TRIP TO FOOTY
Officials are concerned about anyone who caught the Route 70 tram departing Flinders St/Swanston St at 3:46pm and arriving at the MCG at 3:53pm last Saturday.
The train from Jolimont to Flinders St – departing 7:13pm and arriving 7:20pm – was been identified as a Tier 2 exposure site. So was Jolimont Station from 7:05.
Young and Jackson, at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street, between 2:40pm and 4:10pm on July 10, was a Tier 1 exposure site.
MCC members who sat at sections N37 to N48 of the MCG on Saturday are at risk.
Anyone who attended the MCG on the day but wasn’t in Level 2 of the MCC has been advised to monitor for symptoms.
One member told Daily Mail Australia he had called the health department’s hotline more than 50 times since Friday to clarify the advice and had been unable to get through.
‘They reckon I’m a Tier 1 contact and a Tier 2 contact in the same message. I don’t know what is going on or what I’m supposed to do,’ he said.
Tier 1 contacts are supposed to isolate for 14 days while Tier 2 contacts should only isolate until they return a negative test.
The footy fan said despite QR scanning into several bars inside the MCC reserve section, he had not been contacted directly by the health department.
Instead, his young son, who booked the tickets, had received all of the alerts.
‘I haven’t heard directly from anyone from the health department and I was at the game on level 2. If my son didn’t tell me, I might not even know about it,’ he said.
The fan further questioned how the health department had decided only certain areas of the MCC section were deemed Tier 1 exposure sites.
‘You wonder if they’ve ever actually been in the joint. You’re crammed in there the moment you enter the gates. It’s ridiculous,’ he said.
On Sunday, the health department urged Tier 2 contacts who attended the affected match to get tested again, even if previously testing negative.
Meanwhile, close contacts of members who attended the game are now receiving messages from the health department telling them to immediately quarantine – nine days after the game took place.
July 10: The Cats run onto the MCG. A man infected with Covid-19 was watching on from the members. Six days later the entire state of Victoria wold be placed into its fifth lockdown
A health department message sent to a close contact of someone who attended the MCG on July 10. The message was received on Monday – nine days after the match was played
The MCG had implemented a strict Covid safe plan, which has helped identify members who may be infected
‘You must stay at home until you receive clearance from the Department of Health saying you can finish quarantine,’ the notice reads.
‘It’s ridiculous,’ another Melburnian told Daily Mail Australia on Monday. ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t even know if I can go out to get tested. It just tells me to stay at home.’
The MCG exposure site is believed to have been the catalyst for Victorian health officials locking down Victoria for the fifth time.
Six cases have since been linked to the members’ exposure site.
Victorian Covid commander Jeroen Weimar said health authorities remain particularly concerned about four exposure sites: the MCG, AAMI Park (three cases); Ms Frankie (eight cases); and Young and Jackson hotel (six cases).
He said the spread of the virus at the MCC appeared to be a case of ‘stranger-to-stranger transmission’.
‘They were sitting in very different parts of the ground,’ he said.
‘There’s no obvious relationship between them. The interviews and discussions are ongoing.’
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Tom and Emma Hawkins