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Melbourne State Premier Dan Andrews has announced that the limit on gatherings at major sporting events has been lifted.

This is good news for the country as the Australian Open tennis tournament and the famous Ashes test between Australia and England are set to go ahead.

The Ashes test series is scheduled to start on 8 December at the Gabba in Brisbane while the much anticipated first Grand Slam of the 2022 tennis season is set to begin on 17 January at Melbourne Park.

Although locals are expected to support both events, the BBC reports that it is unlikely that England fans will be able to get visas to watch the Ashes tests in Australia because entry to the country remains strictly controlled.

Reports suggest that up to 15 000 fans are ready to travel should restrictions be further relaxed.

Australia’s borders are closed for incoming tourists and it seems as if the Barmy Army won’t be part of the crowd at the Ashes series.

Unvaccinated players have been warned that they won’t be able to participate in the Australian Open.

Image credit: Reuters


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