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The Victorian Government and Tennis Australia have come into a public discussion about who is footing the bill for the hotel quarantine program of the Australian Open.
Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, told a news channel today that the price would surpass $40 million, so “absolutely” the government would be contributing.
The tennis boss could not verify how much of the government would chip in yet said it would be clear soon.
CEO of Tennis Australia said, “that is yet to be identified because we are in the middle of that. Possibly a week after or the end of next week, we will get to know exactly.”
Emergency services minister Lisa Neville firmly said the government does not fund the Australian Open hotel quarantine.
She said, “I want to get all clear about that Australian Open hotel quarantine is totally funded by Tennis Australia.”
“We are supporting the Australian Open event, but this is a way different to the Australian Open hotel quarantine program,” Lisa Neville said.
“There was no question as to who was funding and that Victorian taxpayers would not be contributing to the quarantine program,” said Ms Neville.
“The Australian Open event created roughly 12,500 jobs every year and brought in about $370 million to the Victorian economy annually, which is going to be down in the 2021 year because of the pandemic,” said Mr Tiley.
He said the crowd capacity would be 50 per cent if no outbreaks happen till February 8.
“Six cases connected to the AO were presently in medi-hotels after getting COVID-19 positive tests”, he said.
All tennis players and staff are in Melbourne for the Australian Open event. With the first lot’s arrival, The Australian Open site will be split into three zones, with contact tracing and COVID safe practices implemented during the competition.