Australian Open imposes limit on ticket sales as COVID-19 cases rise

MELBOURNE, Australia – Limits on ticket sales have been introduced for the Australian Open due to the increase in COVID-19 cases four days before the start of the first major tennis tournament in 2022.

The state government of Victoria announced Thursday that ticket sales for the Australian Open will be capped at 50% for all sessions that have not already sold at that level.

All tickets already sold will remain valid, according to the press release, with no expected changes or cancellations.

The tournament begins Monday at Melbourne Park with the final set for January 30.

Face masks will be mandatory and density limits will be imposed on interior reception areas. It had already been mandatory that all spectators be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“As hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Victoria, these mitigation strategies are proportionate and designed to help limit the spread,” the government said in a statement.

Australian Open organizers were hoping to return to full capacity for this year’s tournament after restrictions were imposed in 2021, including restrictions on movement between sections of Melbourne Park and on days when no fans were present. authorized on site.

But the omicron variant of the coronavirus has swept across Australia in recent weeks despite the country’s high vaccination rate and strict border policies that have kept it largely isolated during the pandemic.

The changes to the tournament’s so-called COVIDSafe event plan were imposed on a day when the state of Victoria reported 25 deaths and 37,169 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total active cases to 221,726.

Ahead of the pandemic, the 2020 Australian Open drew 812,714 spectators over 14 days.

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