After a year of Covid pandemic and social distancing with masks to wear, there may still be work to be done on organizing global events such as the world championship. In fact, several criticisms arrived at the Losail circuit, in Qatar, for how it organized the presence of the public in the stands at the opening Grand Prix of the 2021 MotoGP.
In Qatar, the public in the stands it would not have followed Covid security protocols, in some cases crowding, unlike for example what we saw at Misano in 2020, where the public had been able to watch the race according to stricter rules regarding the seats and the behavior to be kept in the stands. Furthermore, an adequate control service has not been set up in Losail, so much so that for the second race a greater number of police officers will be called to work to monitor the distancing rules.
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Second World Sports, “20% of the seats allowed in Qatar compared to the maximum capacity did not lead to real distancing. The images seen on television have raised criticism, especially considering how in a short time the local government has drastically increased anti-Covid regulations in the face of the peak of infections. Both the public swimming pools and the gyms have been closed; the capacity of shopping malls and restaurants has been significantly reduced. In the stands of Losail there were crowds before the start of the MotoGP race. Nothing to do with the ‘German-style’ organization of the Misano race, with separate entrances for each grandstand and strict distance control“.
The reaction has arrived: the presence of the staff responsible for ensuring the safety distance will be multiplied by three. The presence of members of the “special police“Created to take care of safety on the football fields that will host the 2022 World Cup. Several elements have been collected by Dorna and the organizers, to the point of thinking that a stable protocol could be established so that in all the matches there can be even only one minimal presence of public.
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