Australian Open to go ahead with capacity crowds in 2022
The Australian Open will enjoy capacity crowds next year as restrictions on gathering in the state of Victoria will be lifted.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced a rescheduling of the 2021 event to February, while a snap lockdown kept stands empty for five days.
Even after that lockdown, the Australian Open was limited to just 30,000 spectators a day.
But good news has come out of the state of Victoria, as announced by Premier Daniel Andrews.
The Australian Open, as well as other live sporting events, will have nearly all restrictions lifted by the time the event rolls around.
“Because 90% of Victorians have gone and gotten vaccinated, so many of these rules, almost all of them, can fall away,” Andrews said.
“So whether it is 100,000 people at the MCG on Boxing Day or a smaller group of people standing up at the local pub having a beer, this is a Covid normal that every Victorian has wanted.
“This is the safe delivery of the national plan. I’m not only proud of Victorians, but I’m deeply, deeply grateful to them.”
Officials for the Australian Open are still to confirm whether players who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed to play the event.
Andrews has stood firm that only fully vaccinated players will be allowed entry to Victoria.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested that unvaccinated will be provided a visa as long as they quarantine for 14 days ahead of the tournament.
The 2022 Australian Open will run from 17-30th January. The women’s singles final will be on 29th January, the men’s on the 30th.
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