14-day quarantine for players confirmed

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Melbourne, Australia (Globe Live Media) – The Victorian State Government has confirmed that all players at the Australian Open must quarantine in Melbourne for 14 days before the delayed start of the first Grand Slam tennis tournament on 8 February of the year.

The government said on Saturday that the quarantine plans have been supported by the Chief Health Officer and that it will work with Tennis Australia to finalize the COVID-safe plan that ensures the safety of all parties. . . Stringent infection prevention and control measures will be central to these arrangements. “

Players are expected to arrive in Melbourne from mid-January, mandating a two-week quarantine period, which allows them to train for a maximum of five hours per day at Melbourne Park, the venue of the Australian Open.

A statement said the players and their allied teams would be tested a minimum of five times before departing for Australia and then during their quarantine period. If they test positive, they will be subject to standard quarantine arrangements until cleaned by public health officials.

The Australian Open was delayed by three weeks while plans for a quarantine system were worked out.

The state of Victoria underwent a severe second wave of COVID-19 infections in the last half of this year, resulting in more than 800 deaths following lockdown and overnight curfew. But there are no new active cases in the state beyond six weeks.

The ATP Cup, two ATP events and two WTA tournaments will take place in Melbourne a week before the Australian Open. A WTA tournament will take place during the second week of the Australian Open, local media said.

Like other sports, tennis was interrupted this year by the outbreak of COVID-19, which did not compete for several months, postponing the start of the French Open from May to September and canceling Wimbledon for the first time since World War II. . .

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Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.