WA to remove self-quarantine for Queensland, Victorian arrivals; Australian Open to welcome packed crowds30th January 2021
Tennis fans will pack into an almost-full Rod Laver Arena for the final matches of the Australian Open, and the Victorian government is confident the increased crowd capacity will not pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Buoyed by 24 days without a locally-acquired case, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has given the green light for between 25,000 to 30,000 tennis fans a day to attend the Australian Open – about 50 per cent of the average attendance over recent years.
Minister for Sport Martin Pakula announced on Saturday the event, which starts on February 8, would allow a daily crowd capacity of 30,000 for the first eight days of the tournament and then drop to 25,000 for the home stretch.
The 25,000 will be split between day and night sessions, meaning finals matches during the second week of the tournament will be attended by up to about 12,500. During the first week of the tournament, only 8000 will be permitted in the arena. Rod Laver Arena has a capacity of about 15,000.
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