Australia puts 500 tennis players, staff into coronavirus isolation

By Swati Pandey

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 500 tennis players and officials were ordered into isolation in the Australian city of Melbourne on Thursday as authorities reintroduced coronavirus restrictions after a worker at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the virus.

The city reimposed an order for masks indoors and a limit on gatherings of 15 people after the state’s run of 28 days with no new local cases came to an end.

Melbourne, Australia’s second-biggest city, is preparing to host the Australian Open tennis tournament from Monday but play at six warm-up events

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Williamson County asks Austin to delay decision on buying hotel for homeless

The Williamson County Commissioners Court has asked the Austin City Council to delay a decision for six months on whether to buy a hotel to house homeless people. The hotel, the Candlewood Suites near Texas 45 and U.S. 183, is in part of Austin in Williamson County. 

a couple of people posing for the camera: Marie Chaudhari (left), Freda Cheng and Rupal Chaudhari

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Marie Chaudhari (left), Freda Cheng and Rupal Chaudhari

Commissioners said Tuesday they did not learn about the city’s possible $9.5 million purchase until recently, and have not had time to assess the effects of the purchase.


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“I am asking the city of Austin to communicate with stakeholders,” said

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Upscale Silicon Valley hotel topples into loan default

MENLO PARK — An upscale hotel next to downtown Menlo Park has toppled into default on its mortgage, fresh evidence of the challenges facing the embattled lodging sector in the Bay Area.

Park James, a small boutique hotel in Menlo Park, has been threatened with seizure by its lender because the loan payments for the property are delinquent, according to documents filed in San Mateo County.

The hotel has 61 rooms, was constructed in 2017, and opened in 2018 by its developer and principal owner, a Bay Area group, according to county and state business records.

Park James appeals primarily

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Australian Open players and staff go into isolation after a hotel worker tests positive for Covid-19

A single case of Covid-19 at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne has forced organizers of the Australian Open to isolate 507 players, officials and support staff, just four days before the tennis championship is set to begin.

a group of people standing in front of a building: A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said late on Wednesday evening that a 26-year-old volunteer firefighter who had been working as a resident support officer as part of the tournament tested positive for the virus. Until then, the state had not seen local transmission of the virus

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Some Australian Open Players Isolating After Hotel Worker’s Positive COVID Test | Bleacher Report

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Australian Open tennis players who came in close contact with a hotel worker who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate until they test negative for the coronavirus as the year’s first Grand Slam tournament is scheduled to begin Monday at Melbourne Park.

John Pye of the Associated Press reported Wednesday it’s not immediately clear how many players are returning to quarantine—an initial 14-day isolation period was required upon arriving to Australia—but Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews doesn’t expect the situation to alter the major’s schedule.

“It may have an effect on tomorrow’s play in the lead-up event,”

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COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups

MELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off and 520 people who flew to Melbourne for the year’s first tennis major were ordered to isolate after a worker at one of the tournaments’ quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday. Any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne were deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and required to remain in their accommodation until they test negative.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate

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