Australian Prime Minister hints unvaccinated players will be allowed to play AO

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that unvaccinated players will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open in January. 

No decision has been made official yet but it appears that in the end unvaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open but they will have to complete 14 days of hard quarantine upon landing in Australia.

“Same rules have to apply to everyone. If I was not double vaccinated when I came home to Glasgow, I would be doing two weeks of quarantine,” Morrison told the Seven Network.

“But if you are not vaccinated, you will have to quarantine in Victoria.

“The states will set the rules about the quarantine.”

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the state’s public health team would have to “consider what the prime minister said”.

“The Victorian government was working on the basis that the position of the immigration minister was the position of the government,” he told reporters outside parliament on Wednesday.

Victorian Premier disputes the leaked Australian Open emails 

The WTA sent a letter to players and that email was leaked to The New York Times. 

In that latter, it was stated that unvaccinated players will be permitted to compete at Melbourne Park but they will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. 

“You try getting into the US … most of Europe, really, so many different parts of Asia if you haven’t been vaccinated,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told ABC radio. “Like, you’re just not getting a visa – why would that be different here?

“I don’t think it’s too much to say, if you want one of those visas and you want to come here, then you need to be double-vaxxed.

“All the people who are watching the tennis at the Australian Open, they’re going to be double-vaxxed, all the people that work there are going to be double-vaxxed. It stands to reason that if you want to get into the country to be part of that tournament, then you should be double-vaxxed as well.”