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Australian Open quarantine program

Quarantine is compulsory for everyone arriving in Australia from overseas to participate in, work at, or attend the 2021 Australian Open.

As with all overseas arrivals, everyone arriving in Australia to compete in, work at, or attend the 2021 Australian Open is required by law to quarantine for 14 days.

Each person must complete a full 14 days of quarantine and be medically cleared by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (dhhs.vic.gov.au) before they can exit their hotel and enter the general community.

This includes:

•      players

•      player entourages

•      international pool physiotherapists

•      tennis officials

•      tennis critical workers.

Entering and exiting quarantine

Everyone arriving in Australia from overseas to participate in, work at, or attend the 2021 Australian Open will be required to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine and receive a medical clearance before entering the general Victorian community.

By quarantining for 14 days, Australian Open participants, workers and attendees can help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

Players and people essential to players’ preparation and performance will be able to leave their hotel room for up to five hours a day from their second day of quarantine to complete critical training in order to reduce the risk of injury.

Australian Open officials and critical workers will be subject to the same rules as overseas travellers returning to Victoria and will not be able to leave their hotel room for 14 days.

Strict penalties will apply to anyone who leaves quarantine without permission, including extra penalties imposed by Tennis Australia, such as default from the Australian Open and loss of accreditation.

For information about penalties imposed please contact Tennis Australia.

Leaving the hotel room for training

Australian Open tennis players will have the ability to access training for up to five hours per day during the quarantine period to minimise the risk of injury that may occur due to a lack of training.

To minimise public health risks, the training venues located at Melbourne Park, the National Tennis Centre and Albert Reserve will be exclusive to those participating in the Australian Open.

Access to training will only be provided from day two of the quarantine period and only after players and support staff have returned a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result.

Training bubbles will be overseen by CQV staff to ensure strict infection prevention and control measures are maintained, including wearing face masks and remaining 1.5 metres from other groups at all times.

Training bubbles are important to reduce the frequency and proximity of physical contact with other people.

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Regular testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in quarantine is particularly important for people who have travelled to Melbourne from overseas for the Australian Open. Regular testing will help keep our state safe.

The frequency of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for Australian Open arrivals will depend on whether the individual is attending daily training sessions as part of the training bubble.

Those participating in a training bubble, such as essential coaches and players, will be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) each day they are in quarantine.

As with all other overseas arrivals, tennis officials and critical workers – such as technicians and broadcasters – will be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) twice during the 14-day quarantine period.

Advice for media

The 2021 Australian Open will be unlike any other, and the health and safety of all Victorians and international participants will be the number one priority due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The biggest change will be the requirement for all players, officials and support personnel to undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine before they can participate in the Australian Open.

The Australian Open Quarantine Program will be managed by COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV).

Tennis Australia and the Department of Health and Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be responsible for ensuring the Australian Open is safely run for players, staff and tennis fans.

For media enquiries relating to the Australian Open Quarantine Program, email cqvcomms@justice.vic.gov.au.

For media enquiries about Victoria’s public health response to coronavirus (COVID-19), email press@dhhs.vic.gov.au. ·

For all other Australian Open media enquiries, contact Tennis Australia.

Photo opportunities and media restrictions

For your health and safety, media representatives are not permitted on-site at quarantine hotels or quarantine training venues.

All requests for media interviews with players during quarantine should be directed to the Tennis Australia Media team.

Reviewed 13 January 2021

Australian Open quarantine program

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