In order to ensure the safety of spectators present at WRC Rally Estonia, set to take place this weekend, September 4-6, the Health Board (Terviseamet) has established movement restrictions in the special stage areas of the rally, reinforced by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).
Each special stage is surrounded by a perimeter, which only local residents, pre-registered guests, emergency and operative vehicles, rally staff and the 16,000 rally pass spectators are allowed to enter on September 3-6. The entire perimeter is under PPA surveillance for the time, with the police providing surveillance on land and in air.
The owners of rally passes and permits can only enter the area while going to their predetermined parking and spectator area two and a half hours before the event. An identification document is required to enter the area, along with the purchased rally pass.
Head organizer of Rally Estonia Urmo Aava said the only way to organize the event safely is by cooperation. "If we do not want Rally Estonia to become the next outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, we have to agree to these strict restrictions and act reasonably.
"We can all see that the virus is spreading around the world and many countries are once again locked up because of the virus," Aava said.
The head organizer of the event called on everyone to follow and understand the regulations set on the event.
Tiia Luht, head of the Southern Region of the Health Board, said the goal of these restrictions is to alleviate the spread of COVID-19. "In August, there were outbreaks of COVID-19 in Tartu County and Ida-Viru County, which began in places where many people were present."
The Health Board official added: "There is a distancing recommendation set in Estonia, which sees safe distance maintained between people in public places. Regardless, the spread of COVID-caused SARS-CoV-2 is in an upward trend and an increased risk of nationwide spread has come up."
The organizational team has developed the following guidelines for visiting the event, as written on the event's webpage:
- Don't come if you don't feel well
- Move with your group
- Stay with your group
- Disinfect your hands
- Wear a mask
- Don't socialize
- Bring your identity document
For more information on the event itself, visit the Rally Estonia webpage, available here.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste