2020 French Open to Allow up to 60% Fan Capacity
(July 2, 2020) The French Tennis Federation on Thursday that 2020 Roland Garros will have fans in attendance. The French Open made the announcement on their website:
50% to 60% of the usual capacity
In terms of the current health-related information and the projected guidelines, and having consulted with the government authorities to define the best conditions for welcoming spectators, the French Tennis Federation has adopted a responsible organisation strategy that limits the number of spectators inside the stadium in ratio to the overall stadium capacity, a principle that has been implemented as of today in France’s cinemas and theatres. This means that on the three show courts, the tiered seating will follow a precise protocol: on every row, one seat will be left empty between every group of purchasers (a maximum of 4 people who wish to sit in adjacent seats). On the outside courts, every other seat will be out of bounds, and spectators may sit in any of the available seats. This way, the number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50% to 60% of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected.
The strict adherence of the current hygiene measures
The FFT will adapt the way spectators move around inside the stadium in order to ensure that the barrier measures and social distancing are respected. Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask. The layout of the various spaces will be adapted according to the current health guidelines, namely to ensure social distancing is respected. Finally, the cleaning and disinfecting of the various areas will be stepped up and distributers of hydroalcoholic solution will be installed.
This way – thanks to the organising conditions and the close and constructive collaboration with the Ministry of Sports – the autumn edition of Roland-Garros will manage to combine the excitement of the world’s best clay court tournament with the strict adherence of the current hygiene measures.
In the same spirit of responsibility and according to the same strict method, the French Tennis Federation will apply a specific hygiene protocol for the players and their entourage. A press release about this protocol will be published at a later date.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli told a news conference that on the main courts, a maximum of four people could sit together with an empty seat between groups. Tickets will go on sale on July 9.
Protocols for staff and players are currently being worked out.
The French Open was originally scheduled for May, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the FFT switched the dates to September. It is currently scheduled for September 21- October 11, with te main draw beginning on September 27.
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