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Covid spike in Victoria forces Australian Open to limit spectatorship to half capacity

A recent spike in coronavirus infections has caused the Australian Open to limit capacity just five days before main draw begins.

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Due to a recent swelling in confirmed coronavirus cases, the Victoria state government has quickly moved to cap spectator attendance at the 2022 Australian Open to 50 percent, to ensure the health and safety of fans.

“Ticket sales will be paused at 50 percent of capacity,” the state government said in a media press release, adding: “Where a session has not already sold to that level.”

All tickets previously purchased will remain valid

The statement confirmed that all tickets already purchased remain valid, and no tickets will be cancelled or changed. Additionally there will be no changes to ground pass access.

According to the New York Times coronavirus tracker, the state of Victoria is averaging 36,343 cases per day, while the whole of Australia is averaging 87,815 new cases per day.

Face masks will be mandatory for all patrons, except when eating or drinking, and there will be a density limit of one person per two square metres for all indoor hospitality on site.

The Australian Open’s main draw begins on January 17th. The men’s and women’s singles draw will be held today, January 13th.

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