Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have halted ticket sales whilst the coronavirus situation is assessed.
A statement issued by the Bahrain International Circuit said that situation allow, ticket sales will resume at a later date. Refunds will be offered if the venue is required to decrease the size of the crowd from the current figure.
The circuit wishes to hold a “safe and exciting” event and has been working with the Bahraini Government in regards to the ongoing coronavirus situation.
“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.”
The circuit will also introduce added public health measures to ensure the safety of all spectators and personnel at the venue.
“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.”
The travel bans imposed on people who have been in affected countries in the 14 days before arrival, including Japan and Italy, have cast doubt on whether the race would be held on its March date. There are also restrictions on flights from Dubai, a popular route for Formula 1 travellers who use Emirates Airlines from Melbourne.