For the final four days of the Australian Open tournament, which will be on Thursday, the organizers are hopeful that crowds will be able to return to Melbourne Park.
Provided that fact that under the restrictions of the five-day circuit breaker lockdown, Victorians are only allowed to leave their homes for four reasons: shopping for essentials, giving care, essential work and education, and exercise for two hours per day with household members, an intimate partner or one other person only. Thus, execrators and supporters to crowd the games of the Australian Open are strictly prohibited up to date.
Prior to the lockdown, crowds at Melbourne Park were only at 50 per cent crowd capacity. Given that the crowd is a major factor to boost the atmosphere of the event, the organizers use fake crowd noise across the venue, to somehow lessen the dullness and to help the players alleviate their adrenaline.
There were concerns at the Australian Open recently when Greek player Michail Pervolarakis tested positive overseas, days after he played in the ATP cup event in Melbourne. He has since left Australia.
That said, health officials explained there is no concern for Greek teammates Stefanos Tsitsipas or anybody else at the tournament, as they believe he contracted that virus once he left Melbourne.
In line the current measures that are involved with the snap lockdown, the full list of exposure sites are made public.
The following are Yarra Trams No. 11 on February 11, 7:55am – 8:10am between Harbour Esplanade and William Street and Yarra Trams No. 58 on February 11, 8.10am – 8:25am between Bourke Street/William Street and Queen Victoria Market/Peel Street.
Also adding to the list is Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street Melbourne, 8:25am – 10:10am Section 2 – Fruit and Vegetables, and used Section 2 – Female toilet, Yarra Trams No. 58 on February 11, 9:40am – 9:55am between Queen Victoria Market/Peel Street and Bourke Street/William Street and Elite Swimming, Pascoe Vale on February 8, between 5pm and 6pm.
Lastly, Woolworths inside Broadmeadows Central in Broadmeadows on February 9, between 12.15pm and 12.30pm, Bonbons Bakery, Broadmeadows Central on February 9 between 12.30pm and 12.45pm, and Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre, Pascoe Vale on February 9 between 4pm and 7.30pm.
The community is being urged to adhere on the prevailing measure and to be on the loop for updates.