"The two Formula 1 races on July 5 and 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Styria, will take place without spectators," writes the Austrian Ministry of Health in a statement, saying that "the organizers presented a complete and professional safety concept. »To prevent the new coronavirus epidemic.
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The government had warned that plans to start the season on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, in the center of the country, would only be validated if the organizers could provide all guarantees of health safety. "In addition to strict hygiene measures, the concept also provides for regular health checks and tests for the teams and all other employees," said the ministry's press release. "The crucial element will be the close coordination between the organizer and the regional and local health authorities," adds Vienna.
No contact with the outside
The government wanted in particular that the event be organized in a "closed circuit", that is to say without contact with the outside, with the exception of the Austrians involved in the management of the race. Austrian media have reported on the organization of special flights to transport the stables.
Austria, which has recorded less than 700 deaths from Covid-19, has progressively eased restrictions in place since mid-April to combat the epidemic and has not registered a rebound in contamination. The first GP of the season, canceled in extremis because of the pandemic, should have taken place in Australia in mid-March.
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