This is Jonathan Palmer, owner of Brands Hatch and Donington Park
The public can visit zoos but not attend sporting events until May 17
Jonathan Palmer, owner of several circuits in Great Britain, has shown his disappointment with the latest decision of the British Government to ban spectators from various sporting events in the country. Meanwhile, in other places such as zoos and amusement parks, the public is allowed.
Jonathan Palmer, a former Formula 1 driver, is the owner of the company MotorSport Vision – MSV – which is the largest organizer of motorsport events in the UK. Palmer has shown his displeasure with the decision of the Government of Great Britain to delay the date in which fans will be able to attend sporting events.
The company encompasses the Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park circuits, where important championships such as the DTM, FIA GT, British Formula 3, the British Superbike Championship and the British Touring Car Championship are held.
As the level of vaccination against COVID-19 advances in the UK, the Government has decided to reopen outdoor attractions. But the reception of the public at sporting events has been delayed from April 12 to May 17, something that bothers MSV, since they consider that the circuits are as safe a space as zoos or amusement parks for spectators.
“Outdoor attractions such as zoos and amusement parks can reopen and events such as street markets or food festivals can be held with up to 4,000 visitors a day.. Meanwhile, there is a specific prohibition that has been applied to spectators of sporting events – even for amateur levels – until May 17, “MotorSport Vision denounced in a statement, as published by the GP Blog web portal.
“MSV is incredibly disappointed with this. The UK Government is now actively encouraging people to go out and circuit events, by their very nature, are open spaces like parks. They have ample spaces to maintain physical distance with dozens of stands “, have claimed from the organization.
Initially, the British Grand Prix will not be affected by this decision. The event will be held on July 18 and the doors of Silverstone should be open to fans by then.
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