Victorian Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville says the 1200-odd tennis players and staff travelling to Melbourne for the Australian Open will be subject to the "strictest rules for tennis anywhere in the world" in their hotel quarantine.
Three major hotels – the Grand Hyatt, Pullman Albert Park and the View on St Kilda Road – have been refitted to make them appropriate to house the players and staff so the event can address the risk of players carrying the virus from hotspots throughout the world.
Players will be allowed out of their hotel for five hours per day for training.Credit:Getty Images
Players and staff must quarantine for a two-week period if they want to compete in the international tennis tournament. Tennis Australia will be bearing the cost of the quarantine set-up.
If a player or staff member tests positive they will be moved to a room at the Holiday Inn and be isolated away from other players.
"This is a tough, a strict program. It's the toughest in the country, in the world," Ms Neville said.
"We are assuming that every single tennis player and their official has the potential to be positive."
Each player and their one support person will be subject to daily tests.
Ms Neville said Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has signed off on the arrangements.
She said the state government would look at increasing the cap on the number of people able to travel to Australia from overseas after the Open had been conducted.
"I understand people want to get home, at the moment we're not meeting the cap each day," Ms Neville said, "we're looking at … how we'll slowly increase that, after the Australian Open."
"We've been in planning for this for many months.
"We've made a decision, some months ago, that the Australian Open could be done safely.
Ms Neville said the two-week program would "ensure the future" of the event for Victorians.
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