Friday, January 21, 2022

New COVID plan served up for Aus Open

The Victorian Government has released an amended COVIDSafe Event Plan for the 2022 Australian Open to ensure the health and safety of fans attending Melbourne Park from Monday.

Ticket sales will be paused at 50% of capacity – where a session has not already sold to that level, Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Jaala Pulford announced today.

All tickets purchased to date remain valid, and no tickets will be cancelled or changed. There will be no changes to ground pass access, she said.

Face masks will be mandatory for all patrons, except when eating or drinking, and the event will align with Victoria’s statewide COVIDSafe settings. This includes a density limit of one person per two square metres for all indoor hospitality.

Ventilation will be improved in indoor areas of Melbourne Park, with HEPA filters to be installed in some spaces after a ventilation assessment is completed for the venue.

The Minister said that as COVID-19 hospitalisations and cases continue to rise in Victoria, the mitigation strategies were proportionate and designed to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

“These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that fans, players and the workforce can look forward to a terrific COVIDsafe event in Australia’s event capital.”

“Melbourne Park is the best place on the planet to watch the tennis and thousands of spectators will be able to experience the iconic Australian Open from Monday,” said Ms Pulford.

The 2022 Australian Open commences on Monday, 17 January and wraps up with the Men’s Final on 30 January.

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