The Minister of Education and Sports confided in the subject of Roland-Garros and in particular on the question of the presence or not of the public.
There will be many spectators admitted to Roland-Garros, but within a double limit of 1,000 per court and one-third of capacity, Minister of Education and Sports Jean-Michel Blanquer confirmed on Sunday evening. This tennis Grand Slam tournament has already been postponed by one week by the organizers (May 30-June 13). As part of the progressive deconfinement decided by the government, “the gauge is that of 35%” of the capacity of the stadiums, “with a maximum of 1000 people”, “per court”, detailed Jean-Michel Blanquer in the program Stage 2 on France 3. The minister did not however specify if the gauge would change, in particular for the finals, from June 9. Indeed, on that date, in stadiums in France, “we go to 65% with a ceiling of 5,000” people, “so we will start to have stadiums honorably filled,” he said.
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The Minister praises the merits of a “health pass”
Another question for Roland-Garros: will the matches at night be played behind closed doors because of the curfew? “Are we able to set up a supporting system (for spectators), that’s one of the things that is being discussed” with the organizers, he said. Jean-Michel Blanquer has not ruled out modifications to these rules “depending on what we see about the crisis” and its evolution. He also praised the merits of a “health pass” (negative test or vaccination certificate): presenting it “may be the condition to be able to enter the stadiums”. As the Olympic Games approach, the minister confirmed that high-level athletes could be vaccinated “for several days”, “on a voluntary basis”. “It’s normal,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer, adding: “They are not that many”. Regarding the practice of sport, he confirmed the reopening of gymnasiums 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, for example,” he explained. “Minors can return to the pool from May 19” and “June 9 you can start playing a football match”.