Attendance at the 2022 Australian Open has just been capped at 50 per cent, ahead of the first round next Monday.
In a statement released today, the Victorian Government said it was amending the event’s Covid-safe plan to "ensure the health and safety of fans".
The announcement comes as Victoria contends with more 220,000 active Covid cases.
While sessions will only be sold to half-capacity from now own, there will be no cancellations or changes to tickets that have already been purchased.
Standard restrictions will also remain in place, including mask and vaccination requirements, as well as density limits. In addition, “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,” according to the statement.
“These updates to arrangements for the Australian Open will mean that fans, players and the workforce can look forward to a terrific Covid-safe event,” said Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Jaala Pulford.
Melbourne Park has 39 courts and more than 40,000 seats (without ticketing caps and density limits). Tickets are still available for events across the tournament – including the women’s and men’s finals – while ground passes start from $29.
The Victorian Government has also assured fans that price-gouging will not be tolerated around the event’s ticketing, citing the Major Events Act, which makes it illegal to resell tickets above a 10 per cent mark-up on its face value.