10 March 2020
On Sunday the organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix announced that the event would be closed-off to supporters.
The announcement from the organizers stated that the Grand Prix would be a “participants-only event” meaning the second event of the season will now be contested with no fans present.
The decision makes the Formula One the latest sport to prohibit fans from attending live competitions due to the coronavirus. However, given that Bahrain at the time of this writing has over 100 confirmed Covid-19 cases the decision to have the race behind closed door appears only ethical.
The statement from the Grand Prix organizers went on to read, “given the continued spread of Covid-19 globally, convening a major sporting event, which is open to the public and allows thousands of international travelers and local fans to interact in close proximity would not be the right thing to do at the present time.”
“But to ensure that neither the sport, nor its global supporter base, is unduly impacted, the race weekend itself will still go ahead as a televised event.”
The Australian Grand Prix, which is the first of the season, will not take place behind closed doors according to organizers.