Crowds at 2022 Australian Open to be capped at 50 per cent as Daniel Andrews introduces new rules


Thousands of tennis fans to be denied entry to the Australian Open as capacity is slashed in HALF by Covid rules and EVERYONE will be forced to wear masks

  • Fans to be capped at 50 per cent at 2022 Australian Open kicking off next week
  • Tickets will be paused at half of each event’s total capacity as Covid cases surge
  • Passes purchased to date will remain valid with no tickets cancelled or changed
  • Larger crowds can still attend matches with over 50 per cent of tickets booked


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Crowds attending the 2022 Australian Open will be capped at 50 per cent as the highly-anticipated event is hit with new statewide restrictions.  

Tickets for the Grand Slam due to kick off at Melbourne Park on January 17 will be paused at half of each event’s total capacity as Covid cases surge across the state. 

The state government said all tickets purchased to date, including ground passes, would remain valid with no tickets to be cancelled or changed.  

This means matches that have already hit over 50 per cent capacity – most likely the final round held on January 30 – can still be attended by larger crowds.  

Crowds attending the 2022 Australian Open will be capped at 50 per cent as the highly-anticipated event is hit with new restrictions (pictured, Melbourne Park)

Crowds attending the 2022 Australian Open will be capped at 50 per cent as the highly-anticipated event is hit with new restrictions (pictured, Melbourne Park)

Crowds attending the 2022 Australian Open will be capped at 50 per cent as the highly-anticipated event is hit with new restrictions (pictured, Melbourne Park)

All future sales will adhered to the new capacity limits, part of a suite of new restrictions including rules on mask-wearing and density limits. 

As per Victoria’s statewide restrictions on hospitality venues, attendees will be limited to one person per two square metres while indoors. 

Masks must be worn at all times – except when eating or drinking – with ventilation systems to be installed in some spaces at the venue. 

‘As Covid-19 hospitalisations and cases continue to rise in Victoria, these mitigation strategies are proportionate and designed to assist in limiting the spread of Covid-19,’ a statement on Thursday. 

Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Jaala Pulford said the changes meant fans could look forward to a ‘Covidsafe event’. 

More to come. 

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