zambonir, there is an imagined sense of being far removed and safe from whatever ails the rest of the world. The following article is indicative of a traditional attitude in Australia: authorities provide advice and those further down the ladder tell them to "take a hike".
Philsmania, the men who play in the National Rugby League are unimaginably hard and tough, but as the article indicates below, even one of the game's all-time greats thinks it's time to call it quits for a while.
Obviously, the decision of the NRL to continue is due, in large part, to TV rights and money. While the NRL is not as big as many US and European sporting competitions, it doesn't seem to face the same political and social pressures. For the moment, the Commonwealth and State governments are not directing sports bodies to 'cease and desist'. They are simply emphasising 'social distancing'. Hence, yesterday, people were barred from attending the Golden Slipper - the world's richest race for 2-year-old thoroughbreds.
The bellwether (bell tolling?!) in Australia will be the closure of the public schools and the cessation of the of the NRL and the Australian Football League seasons.