Victoria Premier: No exemption for unvaccinated millionaire tennis players at AO

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews is standing firm on his decision to prevent unvaccinated players from competing at the Australian Open.

Andrews has been repeatedly saying since the beginning of October that the only way for someone to play the Australian Open is to show the proof of double vaccination upon arriving to the country. 

“Our position as a state is, we will not be applying for exemptions so therefore we will not be applying for exemptions and that position won’t change,” Andrews said on Tuesday, per Sky News Australia. 

“I’m not going to have people sitting in the grandstands having done the right thing only to have millionaire players who ought to be vaccinated running around the place being essentially at such higher risk of spreading this.

“As far as the Australian Open goes, I’m not going to have unvaccinated people unable to buy a ticket while unvaccinated players move their way around Melbourne Park.”

Minister ‘OK’ with unvaccinated players competing at the Australian Open 

“They’ll have to quarantine for two weeks, just in the same way a skilled worker who has come in to fix a boiler … or something like that, they can get exemptions to do that,” Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in October.

“We’ve been providing exemptions for workers to come in to do these types of things all the way through the pandemic.”

However, Andrews rejected Morrison’s suggestion. 

Andrews revealed his government could apply an exemption for some other events but not for the Australian Open.

“That’s not to say there won’t be other exemptions that we apply for,” Andrews said.

“Maybe it’s that issue about two standards, one on the playing field and one in the grandstands that won’t apply for every single event.

“But for things like the footy, things like the Boxing Day Test, things like the Oz Open tennis the only fair and right thing to do… is to have that absolutely consistent approach.”

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