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West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers sell face masks on official team stores as WA hub eyes capacity crowd

West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers sell face masks on official team stores as WA hub eyes capacity crowd

As WA moves closer to hosting a capacity crowd at Optus Stadium, both of the State’s AFL teams are ensuring their supporters are able to proudly show off team colours while remaining COVID safe - selling masks as part of their official merchandise.

Dockers fans will be able to get their hands on a black mask with a purple Fremantle logo on August 3, while West Coast fans will have to wait until August 7 to put their beaks into a blue mask with a yellow Eagles logo.

“Cover your beak... Stay safe with a West Coast mask,” a West Coast Facebook post read today.

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The purple army can snap up masks for $24.95, while the Eagles are charging $25.

With just two active cases remaining in WA and an expected move to Stage Five restrictions in just over two weeks, teams in the Perth hub are preparing for relaxed restrictions and the biggest AFL crowds this year.

Optus Stadium can currently host just under half of it’s 60,000 capacity under Phase Four, with the first two rows and every second row of seats left empty to ensure social distancing measures are followed.

WA is expected to move to Phase Five on August 15, but that date remains tentative depending on expert health advice.

The new merchandise comes as Premier Mark McGowan today said masks will be mandatory if WA experiences a Victoria-style outbreak.

“If the virus comes back to Western Australia — and there is a prospect it will — obviously we will take health advice, but my view would be that if we ended up in a position like Victoria I would expect everyone to wear masks,” he said.

WA recorded no new cases of COVID-19 overnight, with the tally remaining at 658. There are now just two active cases in the state.

While dozens of fans at the western derby last Sunday wore masks, just a handful were spotted as the Eagles crushed the Magpies over the weekend.

Fremantle will take on Geelong tonight, in the Cats’ first game post-quarantine in WA.