Covid-19: Portuguese F1 GP is expected to be reduced to 27,500 spectators

The maximum capacity allowed at the Portuguese Grand Prix of Formula 1, next weekend, should be reduced to 27,500 seats, said today the administrator of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Paulo Pinheiro.

“We are still waiting for the final version of the DGS opinion [Direção-Geral da Saúde] but, in principle, the maximum limit should be 27,500 seats ”, revealed Paulo Pinheiro.

Initially, some 46,000 tickets went on sale, but in view of the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks, that number is expected to be substantially reduced.

“The document must reach us this Monday,” said the administrator of the Algarve race track.

It is certain that pedestrian tickets “will not be allowed”, so these seats will be distributed to other stands.

However, Paulo Pinheiro revealed that there have been “several withdrawals” from supporters from abroad “who either failed to travel or are afraid” to watch the race.

For this reason, “in principle, it will be able to accommodate” all the Portuguese fans who bought tickets, noted the official.

On Friday, DGS had informed that it was reviewing the authorization for the public to attend sporting events, in particular at the Portuguese Formula 1 and MotoGP Grand Prix, admitting its reduction.

Graça Freitas, director-general of Health, had warned that “the situation is worrying”, which leads the health authority to act “very cautiously”, adding that the presence of spectators in sports shows “is being considered according to the zone, with the reduction that will have to exist ”.

Portugal accounts for at least 2,181 deaths associated with covid-19 in 99,911 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The Portuguese Grand Prix of Formula 1 will be the 12th race of the 2020 World Championship and will take place between Friday and Sunday, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão.


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