Turismo do Algarve, AMAL and three business associations today expressed their surprise at the news that the government will prevent the public from entering the MotoGP and Formula 1 races scheduled for the Autódromo do Algarve.
“It was with surprise that we saw in the media today the disclosure of an alleged impediment to the public's presence at the Portuguese Grand Prix of Formula 1, which will take place in the Algarve on May 2. We have not received any official communication from the Government regarding a decision on the public presence in F1 ”, says the joint statement from RTA, AMAL, AIHSA, AHETA and NERA.
In response to Expresso, published in today's edition of the weekly, a government source guaranteed that MotoGP and Formula 1 in the Algarve “will not have an audience”.
Turismo do Algarve, mayors and businessmen point out that they have been working "for months now" with the Directorate-General for Health, Regional Health Authority and security and civil protection forces for the Formula 1 GP to take place " with all safety conditions for residents and visitors ”.
“The event is being organized with the most restrictive measures of the entire F1 circuit, namely the same requirements that are imposed on passengers for air travel: it is held outdoors and in a perimeter of more than 5 km in length where strong capacity reductions will be applied, mandatory prior testing for all spectators, permanent mandatory use of a mask and imposition of social distance, in addition to teams in bubble system, permanent surveillance and availability of alcohol-gel ”, they stress. five entities.
Before and after the Portuguese GP, the grand prizes of Imola (18 April), in Italy, and Barcelona (9 May), in Spain, "are planned without such restrictive measures and with an audience in the stands," they add.
“These major events are strategic for starting the economy of a region that is in direct competition with Mediterranean tourist destinations and which has been the most plagued by unemployment and, at the same time, the one that has consistently prevented and controlled the pandemic, in continental territory ”, stress the subscribers of the communiqué.
According to RTA, mayors and businessmen, the economic impact of the 2020 race for the Algarve and Portugal “was over 30 million euros” and the media impact “over 60 million euros, reaching 42 million people via television and 24 million people via social networks ”.
After the 2020 race, remember, a statistical analysis was made of the regional and local representativeness of the spectators, compared with the regional and local incidence of Covid-19 disease, "which was conclusive in the absence of any impact or correlation between both" .
“Furthermore, an outbreak that originated in Formula One spectators was never mentioned or communicated”, they underline.
Turismo do Algarve, AMAL, AIHSA, AHETA and NERA promise to continue to work “serenely and in a coordinated way” with health authorities, security and civil protection forces, municipalities and the government, “in defense of public health and of the priceless value of life, creating all the conditions for this great showcase for the world to help the Algarve and the country to overcome the scourge that has been plaguing us in economic terms ”.