Roland Garros, in suspense by a possible reduction of capacity

Guy Forget expressed his concern about the possibility that the capacity will be reduced from 5,000 to 1,000 spectators because of the limits that will be imposed in Paris from this Saturday.


The director of Roland Garros, Guy Forget, expressed his concern on Thursday about a possible further reduction in the capacity of spectators who will be able to attend the tournament that begins on Sunday due to the additional restrictive measures planned in Paris and other cities.

Forget, in statements to the media, said he was restless and awaiting an announcement from the authorities about whether they can maintain the capacity of 5,000 spectators or will reduce it to 1,000, which is the new limit for shows and public events in the French capital as of Saturday.

In an interview with the channel "BFMTV", he defended maintaining the threshold established on September 17 of 5,000 people, which is already a figure much lower than the 20,000 that had been initially planned, later lowered to 11,500.

"Welcoming 5,000 people in such a large space is absolutely safe," he underlined after recalling that the Roland Garros complex occupies 12 hectares.

"It is an immense facility and we are in the open air", he confirmed in another interview with the station "Europe 1".

The director of the main world tennis tournament on clay, which begins on Sunday four months later than usual due to the coronavirus crisis, insisted on the idea that "it is safer to be at Roland Garros with a mask than to take the subway or go to college ".

The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced on Wednesday a battery of measures to tighten restrictions to contain the spread of the epidemic, especially in areas where there are more infections and more sick people.

París and its metropolitan area is part of the eleven cities of the country located in the so-called "reinforced alert zone" in which, among other things, from Saturday it will not be possible to organize events with more than 1,000 people, instead of 5,000 authorized previously

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