The Portuguese authorities are preparing to reconsider the decision on the admission of spectators to sports and public events, including the national Grand Prix, which will be held at the Portimão circuit next weekend. This was stated at a press conference on Friday by Graça Freitas, director of the General Directorate of Health, as the epidemiological situation in the country is of serious concern, according to Reuters.
There is no official decision on this yet, especially since tens of thousands of tickets have already been sold for the race, however, according to the head of the department, an option is also being considered, in which the number of spectators allowed to the Formula 1 race can be reduced.
The grandstands of the Portimão track can accommodate up to 90 thousand fans, but already in August about 30 thousand tickets were sold, although the autodrome management immediately warned that if the number of Covid-19 diseases grows, the public may not be allowed.
In addition, the Portuguese Grand Prix was supposed to be the first stage of the season, in which the Paddock Club will be opened for VIPs.
Graça Freitas explained that the decision of the country’s Ministry of Health will depend on the epidemiological situation in the southern region of the Algarve, on the territory of which the circuit is located.
In Formula 1, the situation has not yet been commented on, the official website of the championship still has information that tickets are on sale, they can be purchased at a price of 299 euros.
In accordance with the official safety protocol, all spectators in the stands must wear masks, they should not leave their seats, and they will have their temperature measured.