With lockdown expected to end, Australian Open tickets go on sale

Grant Boone
February 18, 2021

Victoria's testing chief Jeroen Weimar said his team would work to "close down" the outbreak over the next nine to 10 days.

Workplaces, both in the private and public sectors, will be able to hold 50 per cent capacity.

But masks will still be mandatory indoors, and will be required outdoors where people can not maintain 1.5m physical distancing.

"But that won't occur before Friday week".

Schools, universities and TAFES can also reopen, while visits to hospitals and care facilities will be limited to one household per day.

Andrews said authorities will will on Wednesday study and announce the "safe number" of spectators to be allowed at the tournament.

Funerals and weddings will have no limits on numbers, but need to meet venue density limits indoors and outdoors.

Entertainment and public events will also resume with caps in place for different settings. Many regions have been enjoying relaxed restrictions for months, with large crowds returning to sporting events at stadiums across the country.

Covid-19: Victorian authorities brace for more cases as five-day lockdown begins
I'm sad, of course, that the crowd will not be there for the next few days. The players will compete in a bubble form", Tiley said. "They understand.

"We look at the COVIDSafe planning, the way in which risk can be dealt with".

"There is pain and difficulty in we've acknowledged that we will make announcements in good time about the people who are doing it tough, but the urgent nature and the rapid nature of these decisions speaks to the rapid infectivity of this virus and nothing more that".

Mr Andrews said he would not foreshadow any changes to these restrictions between now and Friday week.

"We're expecting the vaccine to arrive over the next couple of days, together with all the consumables that go with it", he said.

He could not guarantee another lockdown wouldn't happen again in future.

"I can provide no guarantees because I'm not prepared to pretend to the Victorian community that this is over", he said in a press conference. "The only thing that suits all of us is to keep control of this".

The bulk of these cases were linked to Melbourne Airport's Holiday Inn and all were presumed to be the United Kingdom strain of the virus, which is proving to be highly contagious and more hard to contain than the original variant.

The state of Victoria recently saw a cluster of 19 cases emerge after a person working at a Melbourne hotel housing quarantined cases unknowingly caught the United Kingdom variant of the virus and carried it into the community.

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