French Open allowing spectators amid virus resurgence

French Open allowing spectators amid virus resurgence
Posted at 7:21 PM, Sep 07, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Spectators will be allowed at the French Open this month despite the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Organizers unveiled the health protocols for the clay-court grand slam, which will take place at Roland Garros from Sept. 21 after being postponed from its May start due to the pandemic.

The qualifying rounds later in September will be played behind closed doors.

Roland Garros will be divided into three zones based on the three main courts, with a limited capacity of 5,000 people each for the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts.

The zone surrounding the third biggest court will host a maximum of 1,500 spectators a day.

Spectators in the stands will be allocated under strict protocols, the organizers stated.

Anyone over the age of 11 will be required to wear a mask.

Players will be tested on arriving in Paris and be regularly tested.

They'll also have a choice of two hotels to stay in.