The Australian Open continues without crowds in a new Victoria lockdown

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in Australia has announced a five-day lockdown starting Saturday in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak linked to a Melbourne quarantine hotel. In addition, all states and territories declare travel restrictions from Victoria. Residents are restricted in their homes except for work, to shop for essential supplies, care or caregiving, and limited exercise. Schools and universities will be closed Monday through Wednesday. There will be no gatherings permitted for weddings or religious services. If people could work from home, they should work from home.The Australian Open will be allowed to continue but without crowds. “I don’t have advice to cancel the event on the basis that it’s unsafe,” Andrews said.

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“The minimum number of staff for it to be run safely, will be there,” Victoria’s Premier said. Fans arriving at Melbourne Park on Friday before the new restrictions were announced will be permitted to enter as three big night matches are scheduled for Friday. They were instructed at the entrance gates to maintain social-distancing, apply sanitizer to their hands and pull their masks up over their noses. The Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament in a year to allow sizeable crowds. The Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament in a year to allow sizeable crowds. Australia has 909 deaths attributed to COVID-19, including 820 in Victoria state.