Full capacity crowds for Boxing Day Test, Australian Open

Crowds will be allowed for the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open at 100 per cent capacity this summer, after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that restrictions would ease for fully vaccinated Victorians from 11.59pm on Thursday.

Both the Test match and the grand slam will be allowed to host capacity crowds as Victoria prepares to hit a 90 per cent double vaccination rate over the weekend.

Crowds can return at 100 per cent capacity for the Boxing Day Test.Credit:AP

“Victorians have kept their end of the bargain and the government will do the same,” Andrews said on Thursday.

“So whether it’s 100,000 people at the MCG on Boxing Day, or a smaller group of people standing up at the public bar at their local pub having a beer, this is the COVID normal that every Victorian has built.

“This is the safe delivery of the national plan. I’m not only proud of Victorians, but I’m deeply, deeply grateful to them.”

Tennis Australia said it would comment on the eased crowd restrictions soon and that tickets for the tournament would go on sale on Friday.

Cricket Australia has been contacted for comment.

Some restrictions will remain in place in Victoria, including mask wearing in some settings and limitations on those who are not fully vaccinated.

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