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French Open allowed only 1,000 people a day, prime minister says

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, welcomes Slovenian President Borut Pahor (not seen) before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Files

PARIS (Reuters) - The French Open will be able to welcome only 1,000 people a day, including players, staff and organisers, down from the 5,000 spectators it had hoped for, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.

“We will apply at Roland Garros the same rules as elsewhere. We will go from 5,000 to 1,000,” he said, clarifying that those figures included players, staff and organisers.

With the coronavirus on the rise again in France, Health Minister Olivier Veran on Wednesday said that a maximum of 1,000 people would be allowed at major sports events starting on Monday, but it was unclear whether the Grand Slam tournament, which runs from Sept. 27-Oct. 11, would be included.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Toby Davis