By deciding to house players in the same building, owners feel blindsided. The ‘Covid Safe’ plan shared with the ownership group
For the compulsory 14-day quarantine period from Jan. 17-31, The Westin Melbourne on Collins Street was named as one of the hotels to host the world’s top players and their entourage. Roger Federer had the perfect reason to leave in 2020 – but he wants to keep going | Tumaini CarayolContinueRead Open officials, who have already arranged charter flights from around the world to carry players to Australia for the season’s first Grand Slam, are now facing another big challenge after news of planning legal action by some of the 36 owners. The exclusive Westin Hotel’s apartment owners say that the influx of tennis players from around the world presents an unnecessary health risk to them and the wider community. He said, “My instructions are to get an injunction,”
“Efron said the Westin notified the owners on Christmas Eve of the quarantine plans and described them as a “done deal.” “No one told us that a government agency ordered a partly occupied city hotel to be converted into a quarantine hotel,” he said. Westin management said their “invaded” proposal had been discussed with the ownership company, adding that residents would use a separate entrance and elevators and have no interaction with gamblers and quarantine employees. The owners, who include some of the top businessmen of the world, said they felt “Covid safe” by the quarantine plan. Jacinta Allan, Victoria’s acting premier, did her best to convince the owners on Monday, saying that all quarantine facilities had taken strict steps to avoid Covid-19. The strong advice is that with respect to the Westin, where some permanent residents live,… Precautions are taken so that there is no interaction between the current guests and the individuals who remain in connection with the Australian Open,’ Allan said. There are separate exits, there are separate floors, there are floor guards on each floor. Allan said Covid Quarantine Victoria made the decision on any hotel affiliated with the Australian Open in consultation with Tennis A.
“She said the Westin had gone through a rigorous review, like any venue. “It is a little difficult to address the reference to a possible legal problem because it is out of our hands whether or not it goes ahead,” Allan said. “These arrangements have been made because we know that the Australian Open is a significant event for the Victorian community and the economy of Victoria. But at a time when we’re seeing other parts of the world have extremely high case rates, it is also necessary to protect the Victorian community. We have a situation in Victoria that is very valuable by global standards. Six-time champion Roger Federer, who is still recovering from knee surgery, and former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (back) are the only players not on the 2021 Australian Open entry list in the men’s top 100, while 98 of the women’s top 100 have committed as well.