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ROLAND-GARROS: BLANQUER ANNOUNCES « A MAXIMUM OF 1000 PEOPLE PER COURT

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The Minister of Education and Sports spoke about the French Open and in particular about the question of the presence or not of the public.

There will be spectators admitted to Roland-Garros, but within a double limit of 1,000 per court and a third of capacity, confirmed Sunday evening the Minister of Education and Sports Jean-Michel Blanquer. This Grand Slam tennis tournament has already been shifted by one week by the organizers (May 30-June 13). As part of the gradual deconfinement decided by the government, « the gauge is that of 35% » of the capacity of stadiums, « with a maximum of 1000 people », « per court », detailed Jean-Michel Blanquer in the program Stade 2 on France 3. The minister did not specify whether the gauge would change, especially for the finals, from June 9. Indeed, on that date, in the stadiums of France, « we go to 65% with a ceiling of 5,000 » people, « so we will begin to have honorably filled stadiums, » he said.

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The Minister praises the merits of a « health pass
Another question for the French Open: will the night matches be played behind closed doors due to the curfew? « Is it possible to set up a system of receipts (for spectators), it is part of the things that are discussed » with the organizers, he said. Jean-Michel Blanquer did not rule out changes to these rules « depending on what we see of the crisis » and its evolution. He also praised the merits of a « health pass » (negative test or vaccination certificate): to present it « could be the condition to enter the stadiums ». As the Olympic Games are approaching, the Minister confirmed that top athletes could be vaccinated « for several days », « on a voluntary basis ». « This is normal, » said Jean-Michel Blanquer, adding, « They are not so many. » Regarding the practice of sports, he confirmed the reopening of gyms on May 19, for « individual sports practices but with strict health protocols. » « It is on June 9 that we will really have the opportunity to start playing handball again, » he detailed. « Minors can return to the pool starting May 19 » and « on June 9, you can start playing a game of

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