Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys has called for Federal Government support as the NRL comes to grip with the coronavirus pandemic.
V'landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg addressed the media on Sunday saying the pandemic was one of the toughest challenges "for us to stay viable in the history of the game".
"This can change by the hour. All decisions we will make will have the safety and health of our players as paramount," V'landys told NRL's official website NRL.com
"We are going to review all options including isolating players or suspending the season. We've commissioned a pandemic expert and we are going to act on their advice.
"The paramount consideration is the players' safety."
Round two will be played behind closed doors and then the NRL will reassess the situation with V'landys conceding the decision could be taken out of their hands if the federal government increases its sanctions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced a ban on non-essential public gatherings of 500 people or more, starting on Monday.
The opening round has been played without restrictions, concluding with Sunday's clashes between Manly and Melbourne at Lottoland and the St George Illawarra v Wests Tigers fixture at WIN Stadium.
"At this stage we will continue to round two and give us the chance to work with our biosecurity and pandemic staff. It could have catastrophic results on us," V'landys added.
"We want to have the best available, that's why we've done this. If someone goes down we need to reassess. There's never been more financial pressure on this game than ever. We have funds but those funds will run out quickly.
"We are asking for an economic stimulus [from the government]. Rugby League and every other sport should be in consideration.
"We are asking the government to invest not only in the economic situation but the social benefits of rugby league.
"I spent all day yesterday looking into our accounts and all I thought was catastrophic. It's very bleak, we don't want to put dollar amounts on it at this stage. We need to be diligent. We will be going to government.
"I think there will always be a game but the game as we know it now is in jeopardy.
"We are relying on expert advice. We're not going to panic but take a measured position.
"There's more than just the viability of the game. The economic multiplier for us to keep playing is immense. I can't stress that enough.
"We're not delaying anything, we're taking step by step. This is changing by the hour. We're going to leave every option available."
V'landys said the NRL would meet with the chief medical officers and the governments.
"We are going to provide players with steps to take to help minimise the risk of them contracting the disease. They are going to have to be a lot more careful than in their normal lives."
Earlier on Sunday, Warriors CEO Cameron George confirmed the NRL squad will remain in Australia this week. Their players and staff were scheduled to arrive home on Sunday afternoon after Saturday's opening-round loss to the Knights in Newcastle.
Greenberg said the Warriors would base themselves in Kingscliff on the NSW-Queensland border and play their round-two match against Canberra at Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium instead of the scheduled clash at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.