The AFL's highly-celebrated Dreamtime clash will be played outside of Melbourne for the second-straight season, with the league confirming the traditional fixture will be played at Optus Stadium in Round 12.
Following the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, the clash between Essendon and Richmond will take place in Perth next Saturday night, per AFL.com.
Due to the current restrictions in place by the Victoria Government, the AFL is set to move all three scheduled Melbourne games interstate for next weekend to ensure the safety of the league and the wider community.
Melbourne's clash with Brisbane, originally scheduled for Alice Springs, is now set to take place in Sydney, while next weekend's clash between the Saints and Swans will be moved to either the Harbour City or Cairns.
Carlton's clash with West Coast is also set to be moved to the SCG, while Adelaide will host Collingwood at Adelaide Oval as originally scheduled.
The Bulldogs are set to fly to Sydney before heading out west to face the Docker son Sunday.
Geelong, Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney are all fixtured to have byes in Round 12.
The AFL is set to an offical fixture on Monday in regards to the Round 12 schedule.