MANAMA: Special measures have been announced to ensure the safety of all spectators, teams and staff as Bahrain gears up to host the 2020 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix later this month.
The procedures were announced as part of efforts by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus ahead of the race scheduled to be held at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir from March 19 to 22.
The measures include screening procedures on entry, specialist medical facilities onsite, enhancing sanitation at BIC, additional hand-washing stations, information points for fans, as well as specific medical protocols to manage any suspected cases of Covid-19.
“BIC is committed to holding a safe and exciting Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix for local and international fans,” BIC said in a statement last night.
“The circuit is working closely with all relevant government departments, including the ministries of Health and Interior, to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. “In light of the continued global outbreak of Covid-19, BIC has announced that it will be phasing the sales of Grand Prix tickets to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines are met.
“As further facts emerge, BIC is in close communication with both Formula One management and the kingdom’s health authorities to assess the developing situation and release further tickets or refund the face value of tickets depending on circumstances and updated medical advice,” said the statement.