January 13, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Just four days out from the start of the major global sporting event, the Victorian Government has announced it will pause ticket sales for the Australian Open at 50 percent capacity, in light of the state’s current Omicron outbreak.

Where greater capacities have already been sold on the two courts with allocated seating, those tickets will be honoured. Ground passes for the event are not impacted.

Masks will be required at the event at all times, except when eating or drinking, even though the majority of the action will take place outdoors.

The Victorian Government has said the venue is also installing HEPA filters in some indoor areas of the tennis precinct to improve ventilation, however the venue has yet to complete its ventilation assessment to determine where these will be placed, with less than one hundred hours until the event kicks off.

“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,” said the Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Jaala Pulford, as part of the government statement.

Full vaccination is also a requirement for all attendees.