Bahrain GP to allow COVID-recovered and vaccinated fans

Finley Crebolder
Bahrain circuit

Bahrain circuit

Tickets for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix will be available to people who have recovered from COVID-19 or have been vaccinated.

The 2021 season opener will be held in Bahrain following the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix.

The races that took place at the circuit in November did so behind closed doors with the exception of some healthcare workers, but it looks the same won’t happen again.

“We are delighted to be able to launch our ticket sales today, once again giving fans the opportunity to witness the spectacle of F1,” the circuit’s CEO, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, said.

“In November and December last year, we had the honour to host our healthcare heroes as spectators, and we are pleased this time be open for a broader group of fans, with tickets available to buy for this prestigious first race of the season.

“I am thankful for all the support we receive from across Government in Bahrain and the coordination that makes Bahrain a successful F1 every year.

“I especially thank The National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus and Ministry of Health in Bahrain for their planning and guidance, which will allow us to offer a safe experience for fans.

“We would urge eligible fans to reserve their tickets now for the best possible seats to witness the first edition of F1 2021.”

Specifically, the criteria for being able to attend is that you have either had the second dose of a vaccine at least two weeks prior to the race, or you have recovered from COVID-19 and it has been over two weeks since infection.

Masks and social distancing will still be mandatory nonetheless, and everybody that attends will be subject to a health screening upon arrival.

The circuit recently offered to vaccinate all personnel within the F1 paddock, but it was turned down by the sport, with a spokesman saying there was no intention of the sport taking inoculation jabs “ahead of the rollout of vaccines through the health system in the UK”.

As well as the first race of the season, pre-season testing will also be held in Bahrain, but that will take place behind closed doors.

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