Bahrain has announced that it will allow fans to attend the opening of the Formula 1 season if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus.
After running behind closed doors last year in November, the Bahraini Grand Prix is expected to welcome fans back to the stands for the 2021 opening round on March 26-28.
The Bahrain International Circuit announced Thursday that it will sell tickets for the race, but only to fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or can prove that they have recovered from the virus.
Eligibility to participate will be tracked through the country’s BeAware app. Fully vaccinated people should have allowed at least two weeks to pass since receiving their second dose, while recovered COVID-19 cases should have allowed two weeks to pass from the date of infection.
Fans will be required to wear masks at all times and will be subject to a health screening upon entry, while all fan entertainment and experiences will take place outside. Social distancing will also be in place.
The restrictions mean there will be no F1 Paddock Club hospitality or company lounges operating during the weekend.
Bahrain GP 2020 fans
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“We are delighted to be able to launch our ticket sales today, once again giving fans the opportunity to see the F1 show,” said Bahrain International Circuit CEO Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.
“In November and December of last year, we had the honor of welcoming our health heroes as spectators, and we are happy this time to be open to more fans, with tickets available for purchase for this prestigious first race of the season.
“I am grateful for all the support we receive from the entire Bahrain government and for the coordination that makes Bahrain a successful F1 every year.
“I especially thank the National Coronavirus Task Force and the Bahrain Ministry of Health for their planning and guidance, which will allow us to provide a safe experience for fans.
“We urge eligible fans to book their tickets now for the best possible seats to attend the first edition of F1 2021.”
F1 Grand Prix promotion chief Chloe Targett-Adams recently expressed hope that the “majority” of races in 2021 will welcome fans, especially towards the end of the season.
Bahrain recently offered all staff working on the tests and the grand prize the chance to receive two COVID-19 vaccines if they were in the country during the three-week period. However, it is understood that F1 and its participating teams will not accept Bahrain’s offer.
The tests will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 12 to 14, two weeks before the grand prix.