The Human noise Melbourne Park is real today after the Australian state of Victoria resurfaced after a five-day lockdown to contain an outbreak of coronavirus cases unrelated to the tournament.
According to Craig Tiley, director of the tournament, only 7,477 fans are allowed per session, which corresponds to a utilization of the stands of around 50 percent. Fans must wear masks when they are indoors or when they are unable to socially distance themselves, in accordance with the procedures in place at the beginning of the tournament.
“Last week we had our first real live sports experience with fans in the stands and the atmosphere was electrifying,” Tiley said in one announcement Invite fans back. “The players appreciated the opportunity to play in front of an audience for the first time in almost a year and many spoke about how emotional it was to get back in touch with the fans.”
Australia was suspended last Friday after Victoria’s case count rose to 13. Tightened restrictions banning non-essential workers residents from staying at home with minimal exceptions ended at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced, after this No new cases were announced from more than 39,000 tests.
There have been 25 active cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, one of which was traced back to an individual quarantine from abroad, according to Victoria Health department.
The lockdown had no impact on the players or many others associated with the Australian Open as they were viewed as essential workers by the government.