000 8Q828D 1024x683 - Tennis: French Open reduces live spectators
In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018 spectators watch a match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro during their men’s singles semifinal of the The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris.(Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

The French Open at Roland Garros was braced Wednesday to cut its crowd limit once again to as low as 1,000 fans a day after the government announced new limits in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

French tennis chiefs had already reduced the number of fans allowed in for the season’s concluding Grand Slam event, which starts Sunday in Paris, to 5,000 ten days ago, down from 11,500.

However, on Wednesday, health minister Olivier Veran demanded new limits at sports grounds in 11 ‘red zones’ in the country, one of which includes the French capital.

“To date, we have no confirmation on the conditions of organisation of the tournament,” said a French Tennis Federation spokesman.

This new ceiling of 5,000 will apply “from Saturday after consultation between the prefects and local elected officials”, said Veran.

The health minister also announced “the closure of sports halls and gymnasiums” because “they are confined spaces ….and which are unfortunately places of significant contamination.”

These new measures, which will last for a period of two weeks, also concern the areas of Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Lille, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Rouen, Grenoble and Montpellier. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *