The next edition of the tennis tournament Roland Garros, which will begin on May 30, will have a limited audience in the stands higher than last year, despite the fact that the pandemic from covid, confirmed the Minister of Education and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer.
According to the de-escalation rules set by the Executive, the clay court Grand Slam may host a third of the public, with a maximum of 1,000 spectators per track, he indicated on French public television. In the 2020 edition, which was delayed from May to the end of September due to the pandemic, the authorities only allowed 1,000 spectators in total, spread over the 25 hectares that the Roland Garros complex has.
Blanquer assured that the presence of the public may be greater in the finals, since as of June 9 a new phase of the de-escalation is planned that authorizes 65% audience and a maximum of 5,000 spectators per track. Roland Garros has three courts capable of holding more than 5,000 spectators, in addition to another 17 of smaller size.
The minister specified that these measures are subject to the evolution of the health situation in the country, where in the last days on average some 25,000 infections and some 300 deaths from the covid have been registered.
The Executive is also studying a provisional repeal of the curfew for spectators who come to Roland Garros, to allow them to attend the night session of the tournament introduced last year by the organizers, who until then stopped the competition when the natural light ended.