Australian Open 2021: The first Grand Slam of the year, that will be played between February 8-21, will have about 50% of the usual attendance, state authorities added.
The Australian Open is scheduled to be played from February 8-21. (Reuters Photo)
- The limit will be reduced to 25,000 for the last five days of the event when there will be fewer matches
- Over 14 days, the Grand Slam event is expected to host up to 390,000 people
- This will be about 50% of the average over the last three years, authorities added
The Australian Open that is scheduled to be played from February 8-21 will be allowed to admit up to 30,000 fans a day, according to the Victoria state sports minister Martin Pakula.
The first Grand Slam of the year, that will begin in February this year, departing from its usual January starting date, will have about 50% of the usual attendance, when it begins this time around.
The limit will further be reduced to 25,000 for the last five days of the event when there will be fewer matches. But the sports minister said that even with the cap on the attendance, it will be one of the biggest crowds for a sporting event since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’ll mean that over the 14 days, we will have up to 390,000 people here at Melbourne Park and that’s about 50% of the average over the last three years,” he told reporters at the venue for the tournament.
“It will not be the same as the last few years but it will be the most significant international event with crowds that the world has seen in many, many months.”
Vaccine roll-out to begin in late February in Australia
It has been 24 days since Victoria reported a locally acquired COVID-19 infection, while Australia as a whole posted a 13th straight day without a community case on Saturday.
The Australian government said the country remained on track to start its vaccine rollout from late February despite reports of supply problems in Europe.
More than 1,000 people, players and their entourages, were obliged to undergo 14 days of quarantine on their arrival in Australia ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam.
Most were allowed out of their rooms for up to five hours a day for training and gym work, but 72 players remained in strict lockdown after fellow passengers on their flights to Australia tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.