Formula One (F1) continues to fight hard in order to be able to hold the British Grand Prix in July. Because the Three Lions State will implement strict quarantine measures against each visitor to anticipate the spread of the coronavirus.
Even so, the British Government said it would provide exceptions for sports, including F1 and football teams to travel to England and return without restrictions when the competition starts. However, athletes and teams are expected to undergo stringent testing protocols and isolate themselves immediately if tested positive for the coronavirus.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech broadcast on British television on Sunday (10/5) that he would expressly quarantine if someone came to his country in the midst of a virus pandemic also commonly called Covid-19.
‘It will soon be time to force quarantine on people who come to this country by air,’ Johnson said, quoted by Sky Sports.
Not only that, but an association representing British airlines also said the government planned a quarantine period of 14 days for all people who came from abroad to avoid the second wave of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China.
The health crisis due to the coronavirus in the UK is indeed a major blow, especially for sports. From the soccer branch, currently, Manchester City and Chelsea are still competing in the Champions League, which was stopped in the last 16 of last March. The two teams certainly need a release to continue the competition because it will compete with teams from other countries.
In addition, quarantine can also be carried out for F1, which is scheduled to hold a race at the Silverstone Circuit, 19 July. The race will be a reminder of the British F1 as the 70th host since it first held the world championship in 1950.
Although seven out of 10 F1 teams are based in the UK, all crew members and racers will first undergo the opening race at the Red Bull Ring Circuit, Austria, July 5, and 12. There, they will be effectively isolated for two weeks and undergo coronavirus testing. A similar protocol will be applied when the entire team is on the Silverstone Circuit.
F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn said there were several protocols set to be applied in the opening race of the season. It will test everyone and must have permission before moving to the paddock. After that, every two days the entire crew will be temporarily tested in the paddock by an authorized and trusted authority.
‘We will also have limits for everyone’s movements. We must create a safe, healthy environment in itself, effectively it is small isolation. The team will remain in their own groups. They will not get along with other teams. will stay in their own hotel,’ Brawn said.
Previously, Silverstone had explained that the race must get approval from the British Government and not burden the police or medical services. Because the death toll from the coronavirus in the UK has reached 31,855 or become the second-highest in the world behind the United States as many as 80,787 people.