Tickets to the 2018 Australian Open are on sale now, and a wristband, awarded to players participating in the tournament, will prevent attendees from buying any tickets for the tournament in the days preceding their own ability to attend. In honor of World Immunization Week, the tournament will not allow visitors to the stadium with their children — infants are considered especially vulnerable to the spread of disease, according to Tennis Australia. Visitors were advised not to attend for the same reason back in 2015, when the same exception was implemented.
Admission is not just limited to infants. Visitors who are more than 14 years old are barred from purchasing Australian Open tickets. This also extends to spectators with illnesses such as fevers, skin rashes and bloody noses; those who are pregnant; medical workers; and anyone with any infectious illnesses. Those unable to take advantage of the exemption can have their travel itinerary overridden.
The exemption is not exclusive to flu; officials are also looking at how best to protect players from having to play through a bout of the common cold, according to reports in The Australian. The four Grand Slam events tend to draw a large contingent of traveling enthusiasts, who enjoy having Australia’s summer festival atmosphere within proximity. Typically Australia’s summer can span from January to February; due to the disruption to the country due to Cyclone Debbie last year, the 2018 Australian Open will run from January 15 to 28.