Queensland will allow small crowds to return to sporting events from Saturday in good news for the NRL and potentially the A-League.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Wednesday that up to 2,000 fans can return to stadiums beginning on the weekend.
The Gold Coast Titans are hosting the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
Brisbane Roar could also welcome fans to the ground when the A-League season resumes in mid-July, while it is also good news for the AFL.
"Up to 2,000 fans can return to Queensland's stadiums from this weekend," a tweet from Palaszczuk read.
"Queenslanders have done an incredible job smashing the curve, and codes have done their part to develop COVID Safe plans to keep fans safe.
"It's another positive step on our road back to normal and I know Queenslanders are eager to get back to games to cheer on our teams."
Australia has more than 7,300 cases of coronavirus, including 102 deaths.
Titans chief executive Steve Mitchell welcomed the move, while praising Queensland's handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
"This is obviously great news for the Titans and the NRL, but for fans of sports across Queensland," he said.
"The past few months have been tough on everyone, and the hard work done by the NRL in getting our competition restarted gave us a feeling that life was finally returning to normal.
"Thanks to the premier and her government in containing the virus in Queensland, we are now at the stage where we are able to take the next step on the journey back to normal life, with 2,000 spectators able to come to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday to enjoy a day at the footy.
"This is a great reward for Titans fans who have been unable to get along to support their team at games, and obviously a big boost for our playing group as well to be able to run onto the field and see and hear the support they have from the Titans Legion.
"This is a wonderful leap forward, but we are not yet at the ultimate goal of a return to full crowds at sporting events. We will continue to be guided by the government and the NRL as we all work towards that goal. There will still be a number of public health restrictions and protocols in place at the venue to ensure the health and safety of our fans.
"But this is certainly a positive milestone for us, the NRL and sports fans in Queensland, and the Titans are delighted to be the first Queensland team to be back playing in front of our supporters this weekend."