French Open allowed only 1,000 people a day, prime minister says




The French Open will be able to welcome only 1,000 people a day, including players, staff and organisers, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.

This is down from the 5,000 spectators it had hoped for.

“We will apply at Roland Garros the same rules as elsewhere. We will go from 5,000 to 1,000,” Castex said, clarifying that those figures included players, staff and organisers.

With the coronavirus on the rise again in France, Health Minister Olivier Veran on Wednesday said a maximum of 1,000 people would be allowed at major sports events starting on Monday.

But it was unclear whether the Grand Slam tournament, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11, would be included. (Reuters/NAN)

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