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Angelique Kerber of Germany takes on Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, January 30, 2016.(Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia)
Photograph: Ben Solomon

Australian Open to cap crowds at 50 per cent capacity

This restriction, which comes just days before the tennis is set to start, aims to mitigate the spread of Covid-19

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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In order to ensure the health and safety of those attending the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, the Victorian government has capped ticket sales at 50 per cent capacity. 

This cap will only apply to sessions that have not already sold at that level, and tickets will not be cancelled or changed for any events that have already exceeded this new capacity limit. 

Additionally, a ventilation assessment will be completed for the venue, after which HEPA filters will be installed in spaces that require it for improved ventilation. In line with Victoria’s existing statewide requirements, face masks will continue to be mandatory for all patrons except when eating or drinking. 

According to a media release, these mitigation strategies are designed to assist in limiting the spread of Covid-19 as Victoria continues to see a rise in hospitalisations and cases. 

“These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that fans, players and the workforce can look forward to a terrific Covid-safe event in Australia’s event capital,” says Jaala Pulford, the acting minister for tourism, sport and major events.

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