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Fans are returning to the Australian Open after the suspension ends

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Masked fans returned to the Australian Open Thursday to advance to the Grand Slam semi-finals after Melbourne’s five-day lockdown to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Officials recorded no new cases of the coronavirus in Victoria state on Thursday as Melbourne residents were exempted from social distancing restrictions.

The players competed in empty stadiums in Melbourne Park during the five-day lockdown, but the two sessions on Thursday each had 7,477 reduced-capacity spectators and the same number for the individual final sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

The great American Serena Williams (NYSE 🙂 opens the semi-finals on Thursday on a hot day at the Rod Laver Arena main venue against the 2019 champion Naomi Osaka.

Williams is competing for a record equivalent to the 24th Grand Slam title, equivalent to Margaret Court in Australia.

During the tournament’s opening week, attendance was initially capped at 30,000 a day until the ban began last Saturday.

Tournament organizers are keen to see fans return after spending a ton of money to get the tournament up and running, including around A $ 40 million ($ 31 million) quarantine for players for 14 days.

Most of the mobility restrictions in the state of Victoria were lifted at midnight on Wednesday, but masks will remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors if social distancing rules cannot be followed.

While Australia has largely controlled the coronavirus within its borders, small outbreaks of quarantine hotels have occurred in the country’s largest cities, leading to brief lockdowns.

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