82 hours a game for cleaning job

82 hours a game for cleaning job

AFL venues will be decontaminated by staff cleaning changerooms and media facilities for 82 hours a game to ensure players stay free of COVID-19.

And officials at venues including Marvel Stadium and the MCG have been assured the grounds can be kept safe during matches event when fans return.

The AFL is aware a single positive coronavirus test could force significant changes to the season and will go to extreme lengths to keep surfaces clean.

Quayclean Australia has contracts for seven of the eight AFL venues to be used.

Staff will clean every surface, including interchange benches, coach’s boxes, light switches and even the inside of player lockers.

They will be given a second layer of protection with an antimicrobial disinfectant sprayed from a fogging machine. Clean areas will be then sealed before players arrive at grounds.

The cleaners will spend 22 hours pre-game and 60 hours post-game cleaning venues.

Quayclean chief executive Mark Piwkowski said yesterday all his staff had done a COVID-19 infection control training course.

“Keeping players safe is the ultimate goal and for that anyone attending these locations,” he said.

“It’s our job to go through the venues before the players arrive and clean all the touch points, all the surfaces, then go through with a fogging machine which disinfects the surface and leaves a barrier so by the time players enter a room it is safe.

“Then once the players are finished a game, we go back in and do a full clean again. It gives the players confidence so they can focus on their games not their own personal safety.”

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