BREAKING: Australian Open permitted to go ahead with professional athletes counted as "essential workers."

February 12, 2021

Australian Open to go ahead without crowds as the state of Victoria announces a COVID-19 lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Victoria would go into a five-day lockdown from 11:59pm on Friday evening after the Australian state recorded five new local COVID-19 cases stemming from a community cluster.

Spectators will not be able to attend the grand slam event in Melbourne, though it is unclear what will happen if any of Thursday night's matches extend beyond midnight.

The Aus open issued a statement from Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, on 12th February stating, "A contingency plan will commence as of Saturday 13th February, until restrictions are lifted".

The Australian Government will discuss a further plan and announce updates with new conditions in the coming week.