Health Board: If risk is alleviated, rally events can take place

Viru Rally 2020.
Viru Rally 2020. Source: Urmo Sibul

Acting director of the Health Board (Terviseamet) Mari-Anne Härma said the board has no plans to cancel WRC Rally Estonia (September 4-6) currently, but a decision will be made on the South Estonian Rally (August 22-23) on Wednesday.

Härma said risk assessments are currently being conducted for Rally Estonia and solutions have to be found in order for the first ever WRC event in Estonia to take place.

The Health Board says it is pleased with the cooperation between them and rally organizers and reasonable discussions have given them hope that the rally will be fine even now, when infection rates in southern Estonia have increased.

Härma said the recent outbreaks, specifically in Tartu, have been localized and she is hopeful that it can be controlled before the WRC event in early-September. "Looks like South Estonia has hope," Härma said.

A decision will still have to be made regarding the South Estonian Rally, scheduled to start on August 22 and this year effectively a warm-up event for the WRC race, and discussions will continue on Wednesday. Härma was optimistic and noted that decisions will mostly be in regards to spectator capacity.

Härma said if risk of infection is not considered and alleviated, the Health Board's stance on the event would be "not likely".

The acting director of the Health Board however noted that: "It's likely if risk is alleviated. The rally can then take place."

ERR News wrote on Wednesday that the city stage of the South Estonian Rally in võru has been canceled, with the main organizer of the event saying there are doubts cast on the entire event.

The South Estonian Rally is not to be confused with the full WRC Rally Estonia, due to take place two weeks later.


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