Ticket sales for the 2020 Bahrain Formula 1 GP have been temporarily limited amidst concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, race organisers announced on Thursday.
Citing the need to “ensure the safety of all spectators, teams and circuit staff“, tickets to the race from March 20-22 have been put on-hold while appropriate measures are put in place.
Additionally, organisers conceded that they might need to offer refunds if the size of the crowd needs to be further reduced.
That full statement can be found below:
“The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is committed to holding a safe and exciting Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix for local and international fans, and is working closely with all relevant Government departments, including the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior, to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of the continued global outbreak of COVID-19, the 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, the 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.
“This precautionary step has been introduced along with a number of public health measures ahead of the Grand Prix to ensure the safety of all spectators, teams and circuit staff. These include screening procedures on entry, specialist medical facilities onsite, enhanced sanitation at the circuit, additional hand washing stations, information points for fans, as well as specific medical protocols to manage any suspected cases of COVID-19.”