Roland Garros braced for crowd limit of 1,000 due to Covid-19

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PARIS: After the French government announced new limits in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, The French Open at Roland Garros reportedly looks set to to cut its crowd limit once again to as low as 1,000 fans a day.

French tennis chiefs had already reduced the number of fans allowed to 5000, for the season's concluding Grand Slam event, which starts Sunday in Paris, down from 11,500, AFP reports.

However, on Wednesday, French health minister Olivier Veran demanded new limits at sports grounds in 11 'red zones' in the country, one of which includes the French capital. This new ceiling of 5,000 will apply "from Saturday after consultation between the prefects and local elected officials", said Veran.

The minister also announced "the closure of sports halls and gymnasiums" because "they are confined spaces ....and which are unfortunately places of significant contamination".

These new measures, which will last for a period of two weeks, also concern the areas of Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Lille, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Rouen, Grenoble and Montpellier.