Australian Open quarantine plan faces legal challenge

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 5, 2021

By deciding to house players in the same building, owners feel blindsided.

The Australian Open 2021 and the tournaments that will be played before the Grand Slam in Australia will be organized in the Melbourne Park bubble, as already happened in Flushing meadows for the Western and Southern Open and the US Open.

"Several hotels in Melbourne have already been secured, including a replacement for the Westin, to safely accommodate the worldwide playing group", organisers said in a statement.

"We became aware on Sunday (January 3) that there were some concerns that had been expressed by the residents in the apartments", she said, as reported by ABC.

"Efron said the Westin notified the owners on Christmas Eve of the quarantine plans and described them as a "done deal". The owners, who include some of the top businessmen of the world, said they felt "Covid safe" by the quarantine plan.

The apartment owners at the Westin Melbourne are concerned for their health and never agreed to global players quarantining at the hotel, their lawyer Graeme Efron told Reuters yesterday. Westin management said their "invaded" proposal had been discussed with the ownership company, adding that residents would use a separate entrance and elevators and have no interaction with gamblers and quarantine employees.

Victoria recorded four new cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne on Tuesday, including one in hotel quarantine. "For the West, where permanent residents live, the clearest advice would be to make arrangements so that there is no contact between existing residents and those who continue to join".

"She said the Westin had gone through a rigorous review, like any venue".

Melbourne only emerged from a months-long lockdown in October following a second wave of Covid-19, complicating planning for the Grand Slam.

'The reference to a potential legal question is a bit hard to respond to, given it's not in our hands as to whether that goes ahead or not, ' Allan said.

The Australian Open is then scheduled to run from February 8 to 21.

The Australian Open, which normally takes place in January, was delayed to February 8 after intense negotiations between Tennis Australia and the Victorian government. But at a time when we're seeing other parts of the world have extremely high case rates, it is also necessary to protect the Victorian community.

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