NSW Deputy Premier pushing for 40,000 NRL crowd

A crowd of up to 40,000 fans at Sydney's ANZ Stadium could soon be a possibility, if a plan from NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro comes to fruition.

Barilaro is is pushing for a major relaxing of crowd restrictions for NRL matches - with sufficient social distancing.

With the Federal Government reportedly considering "decreased capacity" for NRL games, Barilaro has said supporters should be able to attend NRL matches after some 20,000 protesters took part in the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Saturday.

"In my mind, it's now clear we need some consistency with what is being approved," Barilaro told The Daily Telegraph.

"The NRL have already proved they have the right plans in place. So as far as I'm concerned the evidence is clear that we can open up these restrictions.

"I want to see stadiums opened to the fans this weekend.

"There is no longer any need to keep these lockdowns in place. We can have crowds back and still be abiding by some social-distancing rules. The evidence is there to support that."

Barilaro said he believed just one or two empty seats were needed to ensure adequate social distancing, so stadiums such as the 80,000-capacity ANZ Stadium could be used as soon as possible, raising the possibility of a crowd of 40,000.

He also said to avoid congregations at common areas such as bars and food outlets, that patrons shoul dbe able to bring thier own food and drink, including alcohol, into the grounds.

"Those shared areas like the kiosks or the bar bring problems but we can follow the suit of Wimbledon and let people BYO," he told Fox Sports News.

"Let them bring a couple of tinnies themselves and a snack rather than queuing up at those bars. It's an easy way to manage [it], it's a lot easier to do than managing those protests at the weekend."

The NSW Government has already given the green light for corporate boxes to be open from this weekend, with one person per four square metres allowed, with up to 50 people in total.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys has stated he is aiming for a July 1 return for general fans.