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Melbourne Park, venue for the Australian Open. Image Credit: WP

Melbourne: Crowds at the Australian Open will be capped at 50 per cent capacity as COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations continue to rise in Melbourne, the Victoria state government said Thursday.

“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,” Victorian tourism minister Jaala Pulford said in a statement ahead of the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Monday.