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No crowds, but Australian Open will continue during lockdown

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MELBOURNE – The Australian Open will be allowed to continue but without crowds for at least five days after the Victoria state government imposed a lockdown starting Saturday in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at a quarantine hotel.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday announced a five-day, state-wide lockdown starting a minute before midnight local time, imposing new restrictions that restrict residents to their homes except for work, to shop for essential supplies, care or caregiving, and limited exercise.

He said the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open could continue “because these people are at their workplace.” “The minimum number of staff for it to be run safely, will be there,” Andrews said. “It will be happening, but there’ll be no one

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