The NRL season is set to begin next month without a biosecurity bubble, although Australian Rugby League Commission chair Peter V'landys has warned the league would return to last year's restrictive off-field rules should there be another COVID-19 outbreak. Players and officials would be allowed back on commercial flights and teams would be permitted to stay overnight before and after away games as opposed to being forced into same-day travel - which affected the Canberra Raiders more than any other team last year. But V'landys was closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the country, including the recent coronavirus cases that have emerged this week in Melbourne which could potentially lead to serious repercussions for the Storm. Speaking at the National Zoo and Aquarium on Thursday before a Ricky Stuart Foundation lunch, V'landys said the NRL would be as adaptable as necessary in 2021. "We'll go back on commercial flights, we'll go back to staying overnight and the players will have a lot more freedom, however, we are prepared for the worst," V'landys said.