Bahrain Government to Waive Coronavirus Ban for Ferrari and Co
2020-03-05 - 11:07 p
Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain is to grant an exemption to the Ferrari team and its partners participating in Formula One race from measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Bahrain imposes a two-week quarantine on people coming from high-risk countries, including Italy, due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The race is set to be held on March at Bahrain International Circuit in Al-Sakhir.
F1 chiefs have been handed a timely boost ahead of this month's Bahrain Grand Prix with the Gulf state's government set to waive a ban on attendees who've been to coronavirus-hit countries within 14 days of the race weekend, according to Express website.
F1 personnel travelling from high-risk countries, including Italy, will be extensively screened upon their arrival in Bahrain, rather than having to stay away.
Ferrari, AlphaTauri, Haas and Alfa Romeo - as well as tyre suppliers Pirelli - were all set to be impacted if team members and support staff could not travel to Bahrain. However, their personnel will now be able to enter the country providing they pass a rigorous set of tests to ensure they are not carrying the deadly coronavirus.
The Bahrain International Circuit said on Tuesday it was putting in place "specific measures" for teams, administrators, broadcasters and media.
It asked for the names and flight details of anyone who had visited or transited through a number of countries, including Italy, or who was planning to arrive via the United Arab Emirates.
The race organizers insisted a world championship race could not be held in any country denying access to teams due to coronavirus restrictions.