The Bombers will no longer face the Swans at the Gabba on Saturday night, and will instead fly back to Melbourne on Saturday afternoon following Queensland's snap lockdown.

While a time slot yet and venue are yet to be confirmed, Essendon is confident its match with Sydney will go ahead this weekend.

The three games fixtured this weekend in Queensland were today postponed with the state plunged into its strictest COVID-19 lockdown.

Health officials announced six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on Saturday morning with areas around Brisbane and Gold Coast to be sent into a three-day lockdown from 4pm.

It means Gold Coast's clash against Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, Essendon's meeting with Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday night and Greater Western Sydney's date with Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Sunday will not go ahead as scheduled.

Melbourne presents as an option to host games, while using the pre-finals bye is another consideration.

The Demons had been planning to play the Suns in Queensland before flying straight to Perth with plans still being thrashed out. 

Brisbane has been allowed to land in Tasmania on Saturday morning ahead of its clash against Hawthorn in Launceston on Sunday after a short hold-up on the tarmac. 

A Gold Coast-Southport VFL clash on Saturday morning was called off early during the game after officials learned of the lockdown requirements, while Essendon's VFL clash with Aspley was also cancelled. 

Please note: Essendon's Queensland members will receive direct communications from the club, while any public ticket buyers will automatically receive a refund for their full ticket purchase from Ticketmaster with no action required.