Coronavirus: NRL players to be prohibited from using Tinder amid COVID-19 crisis

The NRL is set to ban players from using dating apps amid the boredom of coronavirus isolation.

According to Nine, the players will be told to ditch apps like Tinder and Bumble, as the league desperately tries to avoid positive tests for COVID-19.

The report says the NRL will issue an edict that "casual intimate contact is an absolute no-no", and any breaches will be met with suspensions and fines.

The NRL will issue a list of banned activities for players as early as Monday, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

Those activities are in line with the Australian Government warning around public gatherings, including frequenting pubs, bars, nightclubs, movie theatres, shopping centres and schools. 

The NRL is desperately trying to avoid a competition shutdown, which would likely be triggered by a positive test for coronavirus in its playing ranks.

ARLC chairman Peter V'landys has warned clubs that a shutdown could trigger ruinous losses of AU$500 million (NZ$507m). 

Peter V'landys - ARLC chairman
Peter V'landys - ARLC chairman Photo credit: AAP

"You're not only putting yourself at risk, but you're also putting your family at risk, you're putting your fellow players at risk and you're putting the game at risk," V'Landys told the Telegraph

"It's pretty easy to work out that you need to be part of the team to beat this. We want people to be part of the team.

"If you want to be in the rugby league family, you have to do this."

NRL games are currently being played behind closed doors.

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