Victoria Premier: No exemption for any unvaccinated player at Australian Open



by   |  VIEW 2034

Victoria Premier: No exemption for any unvaccinated player at Australian Open

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated that unvaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open but he made it perfectly clear that no exemptions will be made for any unvaccinated player, including world No.

1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic has refused to reveal his vaccination status but the belief is that he hasn't been vaccinated and the record nine-time Australian Open champion hinted he could skip the opening Grand Slam of the season in 2022.

Earlier this month, Andrews indicated that only players who had the proof of double-vaccination should be allowed to play at the Australian Open. As it stands now. unvaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open but they will be subject to 14 days of hard quarantine.

“I want to be very clear with every Victorian, my government won’t be applying for an exemption for any unvaccinated player,” Andrews said, per The Guardian. “I am not going to ask and require people sitting in the grandstand, people working at the event to be vaccinated while players aren’t.

We’re not going to be applying an exemption. Therefore the issue is basically resolved”.

Unvaccinated players avoid being banned from the Australian Open

Federal immigration minister Alex Hawke indicated a week ago that only double vaccinated players should be allowed to play in Melbourne.

This week, Australian prime miister Scott Morrison indicated that unvaccinated players will be allowed to play in Melbourne. “I was perfectly supportive of minister Hawke’s view, which I took to be the view of the federal government and it appears that is not the case,” Andrews said.

“The federal government manages the border and to the extent that anything the federal government says on this is clear, because their position has gone 180 [degrees] from what the immigration minister said, which at the time, I agreed with.

“I am not intending to control the borders, we do not … We will host the event but we will not be applying for an exemption for unvaccinated players to come here. And that is the only fair thing to do. We have all achieved amazing things”.